Cameroon: Violence and refugees pile pressure on communities

| November 2, 2015

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Escalating violence in northern Cameroon, combined with an influx of refugees from Nigeria and Central African Republic, is placing immense strain on local communities, according to the United Nations’ Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien.

More than 80,000 people in Cameroon’s Far North region have been uprooted over the last year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The region also houses 60,000 Nigerian refugees who have fled attacks by Boko Haram since the start of 2013.

Mr. O’Brien says: “Entire communities have been uprooted from their homes … daily activities such as farming, trade, pastoralism, and even movement are hampered by insecurity and increasingly frequent attacks and suicide bombings.”

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Photo: Nigerian refugees at Minawao refugee camp, northern Cameroon. Credit: OCHA/Ivo Brandau