Cameroon secures safety of Nigerian refugees


From  AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri Nigeria,MAIDUGURI,  (CAJ News) – CAMEROON has assured Nigerian refugees they would not be forcibly removed back to their country ravaged by the Boko Haram terror.The assurance comes in the wake of allegations Cameroon was violating a Tripartite Agreement signed with Nigeria and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UHNCR) on the protection of thousands of refugees from the neighbouring country.This coincided with recent sudden return, in less than two weeks, of more than 10 000 Nigerian refugees from Minawao camp in Cameroon into Banki,thus creating a new emergency by straining to the extreme the social reception infrastructure. Banki is a small town already straining with displaced populations.Following the developments, the UN refugee agency and the government of Nigeria have visited the Minawao refugee camp where they interacted with Nigerian refugees.UNHCR regional spokesperson, Hanson Ghandi Tamfu, said the mission was to seek understanding and clarify public opinion on the possible causes of the spontaneous returns and to pass the message to refugees that conditions were not yet created for huge returns.The mission also sought to assures refugees both governments and UNHCR had signed a commitment to seek ways for voluntary, dignified, sustainable and safe return.“Cameroon government assured that refugees would not be forced to leave Minawao camp or the villages until conditions for their return were normalized,” said Tamfu .Since July 2015, UNHCR and the Nigerian Immigration Service have registered over 270 000 returnees from Cameroon and Niger, among whom some seven percent claim to have been forcibly returned to Nigeria.Meanwhile, the tripartite partners established the current spontaneous returns were prompted by a significant reduction in food rations, lack of livelihoods opportunities, general nostalgia and the desire to catch up with the farming season, as over 90 percent of the refugees are farmers.

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