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(CameroonJournal), Yaounde, June 19 - Over 3,000 Nigerian refugees are present on Cameroonian soil due to   the on-going crisis in north-eastern Nigeria's Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on June 18.


UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva said “In Cameroon, a UNHCR team visited areas along the Nigeria-Cameroon border in the Far North region on Friday. They reported the presence of over 3,000 Nigerians.”


Edwards said the crossings of Nigerians into Cameroon began a week ago, “with people telling us they had fled a confrontation between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram insurgents some 10 kilometers from the border.”


He explained that most of those who have arrived are women and children. “They are being hosted in churches and schools, and relying on food from the churches and local population.”




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“Most of the new arrivals in Niger are women and children coming from rural villages across the border and from Maiduguri and Baga towns. People are still arriving in Niger.”

Boko Haram has been staging bolder comeback since May.

By Valentine MULANGO

June 19, 2013

BOKO HARAM: Over 3000 Nigerians flee to Cameroon

“We are working with the authorities to relocate the refugees to safer places away from the border.” Edwards said.


Meanwhile the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that in Niger, “we have sent relief aid by trucks from Niamey to the south eastern Diffa region, where over 6,000 persons have arrived from northern Nigeria in the past weeks.”


That figure includes Nigerian nationals (2,692) as well as

returning Niger nationals (3,544) and others (mainly Chadians).


Mats, blankets, jerry cans, soaps, buckets, mosquito nets and kitchen items have been pre-positioned in Diffa, Bosso, Kablewa and Menesewa and will be distributed to both Nigerian refugees and Nigerien returnees.


Most of the new arrivals in Niger are women and children coming from rural villages across the border and from Maiduguri and Baga towns. People are still arriving in Niger.


In Chad there have been no further arrivals of Nigerians beyond the 155 received last week. There the border is officially closed.

The Nigerian government imposed a state of emergency on the Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in the northeast of the country in May.


Nigeria’s insecurity situation is escalating few days to the holding of the first ever summit of Heads of States and  government of ECCAS, ECOWAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission on Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea which President Goodluck Jonathan has been invited by Cameroon’s Paul Biya.


The summit that will garner many observer countries like Germany, Belgium, Brazil, etc. and some special guests and representatives of international organizations like the special representative of the UN Secretary General in West and Central Africa, Director General of the UN office Against Crime and Drug, the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union among others will hold from June 24-25, 2013 in Yaounde, Cameroon.