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Thousands of Cameroonians fleeing unrest in Anglophone regions to Nigeria


Geneva (OIC-UNA) � The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is scaling up efforts with partners to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of Cameroonians who have fled violence in the country's Anglophone regions to southeastern Nigeria.

UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that for the UN refugee agency is working with the Nigerian government and other UN agencies on a contingency plan, readying humanitarian assistance for up to 40,000 people crossing into Nigeria.

However, he pointed out that our fear is that 40,000 might actually be a conservative figure in a situation where the conflict might continue.

UNHCR and its Nigeria teams are currently evaluating the situation in various locations in southeastern Nigeria and have registered some 2,000 people so far. Additional 3,000 are awaiting registration, while more people might be stranded in forests in Cameroon when trying to cross the border.

Nigeria and Cameroon are already grappling with one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, with 2.5 million people displaced by Boko Haram insurgency, UNHCR reported.

Cameroon's Anglophone regions have seen multiple strikes and demonstrations over the past year as tensions have mounted over what the West African country's English-speakers see as discrimination against them in favor of the majority French-speaking population.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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