Nigerians fleeing violence go deep into Cameroon

2015-07-21 19:59
A vehicle filled with people and heavy load, precedes a convoy of over 100 trucks. (Jerome Delay, AP)

A vehicle filled with people and heavy load, precedes a convoy of over 100 trucks. (Jerome Delay, AP)

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Geneva - A refugee camp deep inside Cameroon is receiving around a hundred people each day who are fleeing Islamist violence in Nigeria, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday.

Families are leaving unstable and dangerous zones on the Nigeria-Cameroon border "and seeking shelter some 100km inland at the Minawao camp," run by UNHCR and its partners, spokesperson Leo Dobbs said.

Most of the new arrivals had initially stayed close to the border after fleeing clashes between Boko Haram jihadists and Nigerian troops in the hope they could return home quickly, Dobbs added.

Refugees said they had run from militant attacks in Nigeria's Borno state. The Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 15 000 people in Nigeria since 2009.

The population of the Minawao camp has risen to roughly 44 000 from 30 000 at the same time last year.

The UNHCR and Cameroon's government are trying to contact refugees remaining in border territory to see whether they would prefer to come to Minawao or be taken to secure zones inside Nigeria, Dobbs said.

The UN agency estimates that nearly 12 000 unregistered refugees are in northern Cameroon, while Camerooonian authorities put the figure at 17 000.

Boko Haram, which has extended its campaign across Nigeria's borders and prompted a regional military response, carried out its first suicide bombing in Cameroon last Sunday.

Two women wearing the full Islamic veil blew themselves up in the far northern border town of Fotokol, killing 11 people.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  cameroon  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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