Nearly 40,000 Cameroonians Are Heading To Nigeria For Refuge

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said it expects up to 40,000 Refugees, fleeing violence in English-speaking regions of Cameroon, to head to neighboring Nigeria.

Some 2,000 Cameroonians have already been registered in south-eastern Nigeria; a further 3,000 are waiting to register, the agency said.

UNHCR and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) are distributing relief items in Nigeria’s Cross River State.

UNHCR/Nigeria teams are jointly visiting different locations to better assess the situation and register new arrivals.

Relief items such as mattresses and blankets, mosquito nets, cooking utensils or hygiene kits, as well as 40 tons of food have been delivered. UNHCR will continue the distribution of relief materials in several locations this week.

UNHCR reports that the current influx of Cameroonians seeking refuge in Nigeria poses additional challenges to the international community and burden to an already stretched assistance.

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