“New refugees are coming into Cameroon almost every day.


This is due to the ongoing violence and insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria caused by the Islamic sect Boko Haram as well as political insecurity in the Central African Republic,” said a statement on Thursday from the Regional Bureau Director for Africa of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Valentin Tapsoba.

As at now, there are about 65,820 refugees in Cameroon from Nigerian and over 246,334 refugees from Central African Republic.

“In fact, the terrorist Boko Haram group has made several incursions into the Far-North Region of Cameroon and has also been sending in suicide bombers that have killed and wounded many people, and due to this alarming situation over 158,000 Cameroonian civilians living along the western border in the region have been forced to run away,” he stated.

The director expressed gratitude to Cameroonians for taking in the huge number of refugees and appealed to the government of Cameroon to continue to allow more refugees to come in as violence and insecurity remain in Nigeria and CAR.

He, however, noted that the massive influx of refugees has created many challenges in Cameroon, including access to potable water and health facilities, education for children, peaceful cohabitation between the refugees and local populations.

The official promised that UNHCR will start bringing in more aid to the refugees in Cameroon in 2016. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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