News in Brief 25 November 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Cameroon military on the lookout for Boko Haram militants in the Far North Kolofata community, along the border with Nigeria. Photo: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IRIN

Thousands of displaced Nigerians found in Cameroon after fleeing Boko Haram violence

The alarm has been raised for thousands of Nigerians displaced by insurgent attacks who've been found in makeshift shelters in neighbouring Cameroon.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says that for the first time earlier this month, it gained access to the Far North Region of Cameroon, where it helped register more than 21,000 refugees.

Many of the displaced fled attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in north-east Nigeria and want to return home, but ongoing attacks and killings have prevented them from doing so.

In the meantime, UNHCR says that the refugees are either living with host families in Cameroon or sheltering under trees and in abandoned villages, whose residents have fled Boko Haram violence.

Conditions “deteriorating” for Syria displaced sheltering by Jordan’s border

Concern is growing in Syria for an estimated 85,000 people who've been stuck on the country's border with Jordan for months with next to no humanitarian assistance.

According to UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, temperatures plummeted to minus 5 Celsius overnight, and conditions are getting worse at the settlement.

Here's UNICEF's spokesperson Christophe Boulierac:

"We have information from some sources that the situation is increasingly difficult for children and women who are blocked, they are stranded there, with unconfirmed reports of an increase in malnutrition and rise in preventable disease."

Humanitarian aid supplies were cut following an incident in June when six Jordanian border guards were killed in a suicide bomb attack.

And although lifesaving aid deliveries resumed on Tuesday, they had to be halted because of "security issues", UNICEF said.

UNHCR repeats access call to Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

In Myanmar, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has repeated its call for access to Rakhine state, where thousands of minority Rohingya have reportedly been displaced in an ongoing security operation.

On Friday, the agency described the situation as "worrying", and renewed its call for the protection of civilians.

UNHCR had been providing life-saving help to 160,000 civilians before its access to the northern state was suspended on 9 October.

The agency says it is trying to engage with the government so it can resume its activities.

It also called on neighbouring Bangladesh to keep its border open to those fleeing violence.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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