Conflict, Violence, Livelihoods, Military, Nigeria:
Military curfew affects livelihoods

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KANO, Nigeria - A recent military curfew imposed on the violence-wracked north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum is making life unbearable for residents and affecting their chances of survival.
Hundreds of civilians are living in fear in the town in Yobe State after 30 people died in an attack by Islamist group, Boko Haram, on 18th October. The extremist sect wants to impose Sharia law on the country.

A government imposed curfew following the attack restricts residents’ movements from 4pm to 7am.

Kabiru Sulaiman, a resident of Potiskum, said the town, which is the biggest commercial centre in Yobe State, has changed entirely since the curfew was imposed.

“All the shops and markets are closed even before 4pm. Our lives really are in a sorry state”, he said. (END/Ahmed Usman/2012)

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