Anglophone Cameroonians seek refuge in Nigeria

 

From UN19 January 2018 – As swelling numbers of people flee English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, the United Nations on Friday expressed concern over the precarious situation of women and children, which make now up about 80 per cent of the approximately 10,000 registered refugees in eastern Nigeria’s Cross River state.

“Some of these are boys and girls who fled to Nigeria alone,” William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva, 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,” he added.

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,” Mr. Spindler 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,” he continued.

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.

In Nigeria’s Benue state, two school buildings are 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 reduced protection risks,” Mr. Spindler underscored.

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.

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It is said that President Donal Trump referred to the African continent and other countries as shitholes. A Cameroonian has compiled reasons why Cameroon is a shithole

These statements are facts from Cameroon. God help our nation.

Please add your shithole thing below, the list is endless….

A country in which the president is there for 36 years and willing to run again in 2018, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where the President wakes up some early morning and decides to change the name of a country, isn’t that some shithole?

A country in which almost all ministers are 70 years and above, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Youths hardly gets jobs. Unemployment is at it’s peak, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where pregnant women lack healthcare and dies right infront of the hospital, isn’t that some Shithole?

A country where an Administrator is fired for gross misconduct and two months later he’s appointment and even promoted, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where military Generals don’t go on retirement, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where only gas Allowance of an Administrator is millions, isn’t that some Shithole?

Now, take a country in which an individual embezzles upto 50 billion and above , isn’t that some shithole? The SHITTESTHOLE OF Shittiest of hole.

A country in which 150 billion is borrowed to buy some 32gb=500gb, isn’t that some Shithole? Shittiesthole ever

A country where those they claim are their citizens are murdered by military like ants, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where protesters are shot broad day light from a military Helipcopter, isn’t that the shittest of hole?

A country where military set ablaze houses of inhabitant in a city or village, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Administrators addresses people in one part of the country as “DOGS”, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where a mayor shoots somebody and walks freely, isn’t that some Shithole?

A country where a Mayor is accused of fraudulent documents and nobody cares yet he’s still the mayor, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where the President appoints dead persons as Administrators, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where ENAM candidate is dead even before Oral part of the exam but his name still on final list of those admitted, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Lawyers are brutalized, tortured, Students raped by Military, tortured, students hostels attacked, destroyed, and no one is questioned, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where civilians are arrested in Southern Cameroons, taken out of jurisdiction to Yaounde, Charged with terrorism and all what not in a military court, some sentenced even before trail. Isn’t that some shithole?

A country where an Administrators goes on national TV and says 32gb = 500gb, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where, rubbish/trash are piled in major cities, and no one cares, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Univeristy lacks toilets, students urinate everywhere on campus and no one cares, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where military break into citizens homes, steal money, torture citizens, and even steal their money and foods items, isn’t that some shithole?

A country that does not have no public libraries, teaches students how to draw grasshoppers 😂 lol , isn’t that some Shithole?

Let me be going🚴🚴