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03 Mar

Nigeria: 164 returning refugees in Cameroon

Published by Nombissi K B Bless

They returned home after spending 8 years in Nigeria

The repatriation was organized by UNHCR offices in Nigeria and Cameroon. This is the Cameroonians who were forced to find refuge in Nigeria following an inter-communal conflict between Olitis Oyive and south-west on a chieftaincy matter.

The Daily of March 2, 2016 Day recalls that "while the clashes had caused loss of life and property, forcing the two communities to flee to find refuge in the states of Benue and Cross River in Nigeria" . At their request, they returned to Cameroon. According to Kassim Diagne , UNHCR Representative in Cameroon,"Eight years later, these communities have freely decided to return home: and we worked with the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria to ensure that this return takes place in safety and dignity" .

Thus, explains the newspaper, "between 12 and 13 February, three convoys carrying refugees left of Benue State and Cross River to reach Akwaya, in south-west Cameroon, where UNHCR teams Relations departments external and of territorial Administration and decentralization and local authorities welcomed the returnees " . For these 164 refugees, "a transit center was established in Akwaya where they were installed before being forwarded by UNHCR in town Lagos. From this village, they returned to their villages in the Yive District " .

Day also informs that all returnees have been examined upon arrival by a medical team and referrals for cases requiring extensive care were referred to the Health Center Bishopric of Akwaa. In 2015 already, Cameroon 451 refugees had been repatriated to Cameroon.

Jean-Marie Nkoussa

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