Over 6,000 new Central African Republic refugees enter Chad

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Over 6,000 new Central African Republic refugees have been registered in southern Chad by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), a UN source has said.

The refugees had fled fighting that broke out on June 12, 2016 in northern Central Afrian Republic, a statement from the UN Bureau for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

“In line with the new policy of alternatives to the UNHCR camp, their voluntary resettlement in Diba 1 village which is situated some 45 km from the Central African Republic-Chad border began on July 15. By July 18, some 229 people had been transferred to Diba 1 in four convoys,” OCHA Chad said.

After briefing sessions, over 800 refugees voluntarily registered to be relocated. However, the process was delayed by the last minute refusal of majority of refugees who did not want to move far away from the border and their zones of origin.

Over 91,000 Central African Republic refugees have been received in camps within Chad in recent years. This is besides thousands of Chadians who fled fighting in the Central African Republic between 2013 and 2014. – Xinhua