10, December 2017
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has revealed that since the beginning of the Southern Cameroons crisis, 5, 277 Ambazonian refugees have so far been registered by the UNHCR agency in Nigeria.
The UN says it is running out of resources to support new asylum seekers who arrived on December the 4th in Cross River State after the 84 year old French Cameroun dictator, Paul Biya declared war against the people of Southern Cameroons.
The UN body noted that new asylum seekers from Akwaya, Otu, Eyumojock, Nsan, Dadi and Bodam arrived Cross River State in Southern Nigeria. “A joint registration team from UNHCR and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) will continue biometric registration for new arrivals in Cross River State” UNHCR stated.
The Southern Cameroonian refugees have been receiving food and non-food items including mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, cooking utensils and hygiene kits from the UN. But with the renewed escalation of the conflict in Cameroon and the arrival of thousand new asylum seekers, the ability to respond has been affected by the lack of additional resources to support newcomers.
Cameroon Concord News understands that the UNHCR Nigeria and its partners have developed a contingency plan for about 40,000 newcomers from the Federal Republic of Ambazonia with a nominal budget of $ 18 million.
By Sama Ernest with files from CIN