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Nigerians Homeless After Christian-Muslim Riots

Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 11:24 AM

Up to 18,000 people are homeless after days of fighting between Christians and Muslims in the Nigerian city of Jos.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that people have been sheltering in colleges, hospitals and schools since clashes began on Sunday.

More than 460 people in and around the central Nigerian city have been killed.

Nigerian authorities have relaxed a 24-hour curfew in the northern city to allow thousands of residents whose houses have not been destroyed to return home.

The strong presence of troops and police has helped restore calm in the capital of Plateau state, with no reports of major violence for nearly 24 hours.

Rob Waudo, from the ICRC in Kano, told Al Jazeera: "Since the military came in, the situation has been calm and has allowed us to survey what the needs are.

"Many people have been able to leave the camps and return home."

Another agency spokesman said about 990 people had been hospitalised.

"There are so many people that need clothing, food and water. The Red Cross (ICRC) is focusing on those injured and referring some to hospital," he said.

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