EXTREMIST group Boko Haram has destroyed an estimated 1,100 schools this year in their stronghold region, the United Nations has said.
UN envoy to the area, Toby Lanzer, said Monday, that targeted schools were in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, the four countries most affected by the extremist uprising.
Lanzer also provided updated figures for the number of people displaced by the conflict.
He said the population of Maiduguri, had swollen to 2.6 million people following an influx of 1.6 million people fleeing Islamist violence.
In total, 2.6 million have been forced from their homes by the fighting, 2.2 million of whom are Nigerians, Lanzer added, following a tour of the Lake Chad basin region, which touches all four affected countries.
The UN envoy stressed that while Boko Haram refugees were not currently a significant contributor to Europe’s migrant crisis, that could change if the situation around Lake Chad remains dire.