NewsExpress advert Yudala banner
Cameroonian refugees flood Nigeria

By Prudence Arobani on 21/01/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 385

•Cameroonian refugees
•Cameroonian refugees

The UN has expressed concerns about the swelling numbers of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, saying it was particularly worried over the safety of women and children.

William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), decried the precarious situation of women and children, which made up about 80 percent of the approximately 10,000 registered refugees in Cross River State.

“Some of these are boys and girls who fled to Nigeria alone,” Spindler said, adding that unaccompanied and separated children are particularly vulnerable.

“UNHCR has received numerous reports that children have to work or beg to survive or to help their families.

“Many reported that they were unable to attend school, for lack of time and money.

“Thousands more are among the population of unregistered Cameroonians in neighbouring states, where some of the children are unaccompanied and vulnerable.

“UNHCR is working with the Nigerian authorities to assist with the reunification of separated children with their families, to provide unaccompanied children with protection services and to restore the basic right of all children to education,” Spindler said.

He said some of the children fleeing to Nigeria told UNHCR that they had been out of school in Cameroon for all of 2017.

“For women, the lack of work combined with the over-stretched reception facilities, creates a higher risk of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly from survival sex.

“While only a limited number of cases have been recorded, mainly in the Amana community of Cross River state, UNHCR is concerned that many more go unreported or are referred only to community elders.

“Incidents of domestic violence, as well as cases of teenage pregnancies involving girls as young as 14, have also been reported,” the spokesperson elaborated.

He said in Benue State, two school buildings were serving as temporary refugee accommodations, where women and their families sleep inside communal school halls – deprived of private space and the right to family dignity.

“For them, and for the rest of the population living in temporary tents hastily built next to local residences, sufficient and appropriate shelter is key to ensure adequate registration, systematic aid distribution and reduce protection risks,” Spindler stressed.

According to him, UNHCR and the Nigerian authorities are currently working to identify sites away from the border, where the refugees can live according to international standards.

“We are also establishing offices in the towns of Calabar and Adikpo to better provide assistance and protection to the women and children,” he said, noting that support includes food, basic relief items, water and sanitation facilities.

Since mid-2017, Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have seen demonstrations as tensions have mounted over what the country’s English-speakers see as discrimination against them in favour of the majority French-speaking population. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 21/01/2018 12:15 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
LUTH makes history, performs 10 open-heart surgeries

Piracy: Actor, Jide Kosoko, others task NCC on...

CBN’s cashless policy bad news for money politics...

Aare Ona Kakanfo: Pastor Sam Adeyemi eulogises Gani...

Amend constitution to accommodate traditional institutions in war...

Fire razes Kaduna market, destroys over 1,000 shops...

GIANT KILLER: Wawrinka overcomes world No 1 Nadal to...

Nasarawa Govt., Catholic Church partner on peace promotion...

Nigeria extends Capacity Building Programme to Ghana Deposit...

Plateau Governor clears the air over ban on...

Oil up near $50 on bets for large...

Restructuring: What are we restructuring?

 

Latest News BREAKING NEWS: Famous Evangelist Billy Graham is dead Northern Senators’ Forum sacks Ex-Governor Adamu as Chairman 94 students reported missing after Boko Haram attack on Government Girls Secondary School in Yobe Nigerian bank investors lose N100bn in 2 days How I almost died after giving birth to my daughter — Serena Williams Protests in Ebonyi as gunmen kill ex-Speaker during political rally N650bn debt: DAPPMA gives FG 14-day ultimatum 10 senators face sanctions over elections order We’ll destroy Tel Aviv and kill Israeli Prime Minister if attacked — Iran Senate condemns drug abuse among Nigerian youths •Asks FG to establish rehabilitation centres across the country RRS smashes 6-man criminal syndicate Okonjo-Iweala appointed into Commonwealth high-level group

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (325,787 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (317,372 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (254,024 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (208,431 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (194,490 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (187,349 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (162,908 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (146,231 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (140,163 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (129,239 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (127,774 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (122,928 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,897) Business Verdict (33) Columnists (803) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (446) Features (549) Global Business Monitor (226) International (1,799) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (105) News (32,998) Opinion (883) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,510) Religion (681) Sports (1,438) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement