UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria

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UNHCR and its partner registering newly arrived asylum seekers fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon. [Photo credit: UNHCR]

UNHCR and its partner registering newly arrived asylum seekers fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon.
[Photo credit: UNHCR]
The United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its presence in south-eastern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon.

The UNHCR says it has registered some 7,204 Cameroonian refugee arrivals in remote areas of Nigeria’s Cross River state, since tensions between security forces and pro-independence demonstrators in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region intensified in October.

The agency says that about 70 per cent of the registered asylum seekers come from the Akwaya region in southwest Cameroon, with the majority being women and children.

With the unrest in the region still continuing, the UNHCR projects that more asylum seekers will arrive.

It has warned that this continued arrival risks stretching the local population’s capacity to its limits.

UNHCR also lamented the state of roads in the region, which make the delivery of aid a nightmare.

Heavy rains have worsened the road networks in the remote region, affecting the delivery of humanitarian and medical aid to the asylum seekers.

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