CAMEROON / FORCED RETURNS OF NIGERIAN REFUGEES

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it was extremely alarmed by reports of the forced return by Cameroon this week of several thousand refugees into violence-affected Borno State in northeast Nigeria. This follows the forced return of 267 Nigerian refugees on 16 January who had arrived in Cameroon in 2014. UNHCR said it was gravely concerned for the safety and well-being of the returnees. UNHCR

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STORY: CAMEROON / FORCED RETURNS OF NIGERIAN REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 18 JANUARY 2019, GOURA, MADINA, CAMEROON

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1. Tracking shot, village and arid landscape
2. Med shot, young refugee woman with baby and older refugee woman
3. Various shots, group of refugee women and babies sitting
4. Med shot, refugee man entering in a small house
5. Med shot, Mohamed, survivor of the attack with his family
6. SOUNDBITE (Local Language) Mohamed, Nigerian refugee:
“I saw with my eyes. They killed my uncle, my father, my brother in front of me.”
7. Med shot, Mohamed standing up and leaving the house

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A new upsurge of violence in northeastern Nigeria had forced thousands of people, most of them women and children, to flee their home – but many have been sent back across the border by Cameroonian authorities. Only a few remain on the Cameroonian side of the border, in Goura and Madina.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was extremely alarmed by reports of the forced return by Cameroon this week of several thousand refugees into violence-affected Borno State in northeast Nigeria. This follows the forced return of 267 Nigerian refugees on 16 January who have arrived in Cameroon in 2014. UNHCR said it was gravely concerned for the safety and well-being of all these people.

An estimated 9,000 Nigerians fled across the border into Cameroon earlier in the week after militants attacked and ransacked the small border town of Rann in Nigeria’s Borno State. The militants went on a rampage by targeting military installations, civilians and humanitarian facilities. At least 14 people were reported killed.

Fifty-five-year old Mohamed and his family arrived in Cameroon the day after the attack, on the 15th of January.

SOUNDBITE (Local Language) Mohamed, Nigerian refugee:
“I saw with my eyes. They killed my uncle, my father, my brother in front of me.”

UNHCR said Cameroon is currently home to more than 370,000 refugees, including some 100,000 from Nigeria.
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