Nigeria refugees head deeper into Cameroon

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Refugees in Minawao camp , Cameroon, after fleeing violence by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. WFP File Photo/Sofia Engdahl

Around 700 refugees from Nigeria, who are fleeing violent attacks in the West African country's Borno state, are arriving at a camp in Cameroon each week; that's according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR).

The agency says they're seeking shelter some 100 kilometres inland at the Minawao camp.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

UNHCR field staff say dozens of families, or an average of about 100 people every day, are registering at the camp.

The population of the camp which opened in July 2013 has risen from about 30,000 late last year to approximately 44,000 today.

Most of the arrivals are Nigerians who have escaped violent attacks in Borno, Nigeria's border state. 

UNHCR's Lee Dobbs said the refugees are being driven further away from the border because of continued insecurity.

"The volatility of the border was borne out earlier this month. When there was a series of attacks and clashes including a suicide bombing on 12 July. The first such attack in Cameroon, took place in the northern town of Fotokol."

The Nigerian government is continuing to take on the outlawed Boko Haram terrorist group.

The group has continued to attack civilians in the north of Nigeria and in neighbouring countries.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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