Boko Haram violence sends thousands fleeing to Cameroon

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A group of Nigerian refugees rest in the Cameroon town of Mora after fleeing armed attacks. UNHCR/D.Mbaoirem

Violence by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria's northeast continues to send thousands of refugees into neighbouring Cameroon, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Cameroonian authorities also report that 13,000 Nigerian refugees crossed from Adamawa state after insurgents attacked and captured the town of Mubi in late October.

The vast majority of them have now returned to Nigeria, with Yola, the capital city of Adamawa state as their final destination.

Briefing the press in New York on the topic is the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"On the Nigeria side, a UNHCR team confirmed that thousands of Nigerians are now being hosted at Girei and at the National Youth Service Centre in Yola, one of five sites in Adamawa State hosting internally displaced persons. In other areas in the Far North region that border Nigeria's Borno state, Cameroonian authorities continue to report regular attempts by insurgents to carry out incursions into Cameroonian territory. Meanwhile, in Niger, at least 1,000 people have arrived in the Bosso area, in the south of the country, following the capture by insurgents last week of the garrison town of Malam Fatori."  (30″)

According to new arrivals in Bosso, Mr Haq noted, Malam Fatori is almost empty, as most inhabitants have fled without taking any belongings with them.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’18″

 

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