Refugees flee crisis in north-eastern Nigeria to Cameroon

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A family of 17 who fled from from Nigeria to Niger. [UNHCR Photo/ C.Arnaud]

The ongoing confrontation between the Nigerian army and the Boko Haram rebel group in north-eastern Nigeria is forcing more people to flee to Cameroon, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says refugees have been fleeing to Niger as the crisis continues in Nigeria's Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says a UNHCR team visited areas along the border in the Far North Region of Cameroon on Friday and reported the presence of over 3,000 Nigerians.

"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. Most of those who have arrived so far are women and children. They are being hosted in churches and schools, relying on food from the churches and local population. We are working with the authorities to relocate the refugees to safer places away from the border are to safe places. Meanwhile in Niger, we have sent relief aid from Niamey to the south where over 6,000 persons have arrived from northern Nigeria in the past weeks." (31")

Adrian Edwards says most of the new arrivals in Niger are women and children coming from rural villages across the border and from Maiduguri and Baga towns.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'12"

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