Raids hinder relocation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

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New arrivals from Nigeria in the Minawao refugee camp, which is located 120m kilometres from Cameroon’s border with Nigeria .© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem

Thousands of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon have been fleeing attacks by rebels, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

The Agency reports that in recent days, Nigerian insurgents have launched repeated cross-border attacks into northern Cameroon, hindering the UN's efforts to bring refugees to a camp.

The West African country currently hosts over 100,000 people seeking asylum from violence, including Nigerian refugees fleeing fighting between rebels and government forces.

William Spindler is a spokesperson for UNHCR.

” Cameroonian civilians are living in a state of terror due to the frequent insurgent attacks, a situation that has been further aggravated by the fact that the insurgents from Nigeria have reportedly started targeting civilians in Cameroon. Nigerian refugees, who fled previous attacks by the insurgents in north-eastern Nigeria, are asking to be moved away from the border area as quickly as possible.”

Mr Spindler added that despite this growing insecurity, UNHCR continued to work with local authorities to expedite the transfer of the refugees.

Further transfers will reportedly continue this week.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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