Children fleeing CAR are dying in Cameroon, says UNHCR

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The rate of deaths among refugee children in Cameroon has been particularly high, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency said that since mid-April, nine children have died after arriving gravely ill from the Central African Republic.

Dehydration, hypothermia and severe anaemia were reportedly the main causes of death.

Refugees have been arriving in Cameroon since late last year while fighting between mainly Muslim and Christian communities continues in CAR.

Adrian Edwards is the Spokesperson for UNHCR.

” At present, there were 85,000 refugees in some 300 villages, making it extremely challenging for humanitarian agencies to meet their needs. In the worst-affected area, severe malnutrition rates among newly arriving refugee children were running at close to 40 per cent.”

UNHCR is working with UN partners and five medical aid agencies to reduce malnutrition rates and deaths.

This includes general food distribution and vaccination campaigns.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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