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Monday, December 11, 2017

Cameroon - Anglophone Crisis: 5,277 Cameroonian Refugees Registered with UNHCR in Nigeria

A publication published on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on 7 December 2017, notes that since the beginning of the social crisis in the north-west and south-west regions of Cameroon, 5,277 Cameroonian refugees have already been registered by the UNHCR agency in Nigeria.

The UN body notes that on 4 December 2017, new asylum seekers from Akwaya, Otu, Eyumojock, Nsan, Dadi and Bodam in the Southwest, arrived in the state of Cross River in the South. Southern Nigeria. " A joint registration team from UNHCR and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) will continue biometric registration for new arrivals in Cross River State  " , says the UNHCR.

 In their exile in Nigeria, these Cameroonian refugees receive UNHCR, food and non-food items include mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, cooking utensils and hygiene kits.

" So far, UNHCR is able to provide food and non-food items to the registered population, but with the renewed escalation of the conflict in Cameroon and the arrival of new asylum seekers, the ability to respond the agency is affected by the lack of additional resources to support newcomers . " According to UNHCR, several people were forced to leave the homes following the "declaration of war against secessionists  " by President Paul Biya on November 30, 2017.

 Currently, UNHCR Nigeria and its partners have developed a contingency plan for about 40,000 newcomers to Cameroon with a nominal budget of $ 18 million.

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