CHAD / CAMEROONIAN DISPLACED

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09-Sep-2021 00:01:24
Intercommunal clashes between herders and fishermen in Cameroon's Far North region has displaced thousands of people as scarcity of water is made worse by climate change. UNHCR

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STORY: CHAD / CAMEROONIAN DISPLACED
TRT: 1:24
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / MOUSGOUM / NATS

DATELINE: 21 AUGUST 2021, OUNDOUMA, CHAD

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21 AUGUST 2021, OUNDOUMA, CHAD

1. Wide shot, refugees gathered under tree
2. Wide shot, refugees gathered
3. Wide shot, river
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean Pierre, Cameroonian refugee:
“During my flight I saw the dead bodies in front of me and I couldn't stay. That's how I fled and came to Chad.”
5. Wide shot, refugees sitting outside school
6. Wide shot, refugees gathered under tree
7. Wide shot, Amina holding baby
8. SOUNDBITE (Mousgoum) Amina, Cameroonian refugee:
“The first contractions started on the way. I had to rest after every 100 meters of walking. My delivery was facilitated by a village matron two days after I arrived. I am not ready to go back to Cameroon yet because of my newborn baby.”
9. Wide shot, shelter being constructed
10. Wide shot, men pushing stuck car
11. Wide shot, car drive off road
12. Med shot, Red Cross worker speaking to refugees
13. Wide shot, UNHCR staff speaking to refugees

STORYLINE:

Intercommunal clashes between herders and fishermen in Cameroon's Far North region has displaced thousands of people as scarcity of water is made worse by climate change.

According to the Chadian authorities’ first evaluation, violence forced 11,000 people from both groups to cross the border to seek refuge in Chad.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jean Pierre, Cameroonian refugee:
“During my flight I saw the dead bodies in front of me and I couldn't stay. That's how I fled and came to Chad.”

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said about 98 per cent of the refugees are women and children, while most of the few men are elderly. Many of them settled in four villages on Logone river, which marks the border between Cameroon and Chad, but some have also been signaled in 16 other villages.

In addition, UNHCR said 12,500 people were displaced within Cameroon's borders in the Logone et Chari department of the Far North region.

Some of the refugees told UNHCR teams in Chad that they have been victims of targeted attacks. They said their houses and property destroyed. UNHCR said 19 villages were burnt down and a total of forty villages - including 35 Choa and five Musgum - were emptied of their population.

Amina was eight months pregnant when she started her day-long walk to safety.

SOUNDBITE (Mousgoum) Amina, Cameroonian refugee:
“The first contractions started on the way. I had to rest after every 100 meters of walking. My delivery was facilitated by a village matron two days after I arrived. I am not ready to go back to Cameroon yet because of my newborn baby.”

UNHCR said it was working with partners to deliver life-saving assistance. The Agency said the rain season makes it harder to deliver assistance and raises risks of waterborne diseases like malaria. UNHCR stressed the need for more support to the humanitarian response.
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