UN protests Cameroon expulsion of Nigeria refugees

Nigerian refugees eating tree leaves

Nigerian refugees eating tree leaves

From ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – CAMEROON has forcibly returned some 160 vulnerable Nigerians that fled the terror by the Boko Haram in their country.

The deportation of the 114 refugees and 46 asylum seekers is in defiance of appeals by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the Central African country to halt the deportations.

They have been taken from Waza and returned to a refugee site in Ngala in the restive Borno State of Nigeria.

The UN agency, aggrieved by this latest incident has lodged a protest with the Ministry of Territorial Administration, through a letter copied to Secretary General of the Presidency, the Minister of External Relations and the Minister in charge of mission at the Presidency.

UNHCR renewed its call to Cameroon to refrain from further forced returns and to ensure international protection for all those fleeing insecurity and persecution in northeast Nigeria in accordance with international conventions, to which Cameroon is party.

The organisation appealed to authorities in Cameroon to provide unfettered access to asylum for Nigerian refugees and reiterated its support to Nigerians in need of international protection.

About 90 000 Nigerians have fled to Cameroon following the insurgency by the Islamic Boko Haram sect.

An estimated 100 000 have been killed and 2 million displaced since the violent campaign to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic State began in 2009.

Cameroon also hosts 249 000 refugees from Central African Republic.
– CAJ News

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