57,743 Nigerian refugees still in neigbouring countries

Posted by News Express | 31 August 2015 | 4,681 times

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There are still about 57,743 Nigerian refugees in Cameroun, Chad and Niger, Director General of National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi, has disclosed.

Sidi made the disclosure at the weekend in Abuja while speaking at the African Union Regional Consultative meeting for West Africa for the development of a common African position on the World Humanitarian Summit. He said that Cameroun has 40,366 who are taking refuge in Minawayo, Mora, Fotocol, Limani, Amchide, Douala, Kentzou and Garoua Bouali refugee camps; 15,000 in the Republic of Niger who are taking refuge in Diffa, Bosso, Maine and Kablewa, and 2,377 in Chad taking shelter in Ngouboua, Lake Chadi region.

Responding to questions, the Director General lamented how about 12,000 Nigerian refugees were recently expelled by the Camerounian authorities and dumped at the border while UNHCR was watching. “I expressed my concern to UNHCR when Nigerian delegation went to Chad, Niger and Cameroun for assessment of the condition of Nigerian Refugees which was misconstrued as forceful evacuation by UNHCR,” he said.

Sidi noted that the liberation of most of the communities in the North-East from the occupation of Boko Haram insurgents, coupled with the massive return of Nigerians from the Republics of Cameroun and Niger, have changed the humanitarian outlook from emergency relief intervention to rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the affected persons and communities.

He said the agency in collaboration with State Emergency Management Agencies with the support of the UN System has undertaken damage and loss assessment of the affected communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state and has made submission to the government for appropriate intervention by line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

He noted that the humanitarian outcome of the insurgency has equally impacted the contiguous states of Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau and Taraba and the neighboring Republics of Niger, Chad and Cameroun.

•Photo courtesy of AFP/Reinnier Kaze shows Nigerian refugees building a mud house in Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon.

Source: News Express

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