Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Southern Cameroons Refugees Battling With Health Challenges - Case of 130 Pregnant Women and More

Pregnant Women at Obudu Ranch Health Center, RHC
Hundreds of Southern Cameroonians who fled violence are facing serious health challenges as they seek refuge in Nigeria.

A visit to the different camps for almost a week revealed that some are pregnant women who need adequate medical attention. Others are still battling with wounds and other infections.

Case of 130 Pregnant Refugees in Obanliku LGA

The case of pregnant women seems to be a cause for concern.  In one of the camps in Obudu Ranch, on the Obudu mountain in Obanliku LGA, some 51 pregnant women are still wondering what the future holds for them barely  months to delivery.  Beyond the accommodation challenges, many complained that they have not bought a single item as part of preparation to welcome their new born.

Partial View of Pregnant Women at RHC
Majority of these women we learnt, have never visited the clinic. Many of them came from Akwaya without cloths. Using the same loin for two or three days affects mostly the pregnant women. When we did some tests their MP was positive, a community volunteer nurse at the Ranch Community Health Center, Virginia Echile explained on November 11 2017.

CDC Donating Blanckets to Pregnant Women 
"The predominant illnesses from patients that we receive include malaria, typhoid and general body pains. When they were trekking from Akwaya to Kigol - one of the nearest Nigerian village through forest and rivers -   they developed lower abdominal pains since they are pregnant," she said.

The medics also complained that they were running out of drugs. "Everything is almost finished. We need anti-biotics and anti-malaria drugs. We need HIV tests tools to be running their tests, pain killers and other drugs," she explained.

Ranch Clinic Volunteers
“Of the 51 pregnant women, six are due for delivery this November 2017 and 8 for December. We are in serious need of delivery kits to help us manage delivery. We have run out of hand gloves, Amoxilyn, paracetamol and other pain killers. We also need more blankets so that the nursing mothers and babies do not catch cold," added the Chief Community Health Extension Worker of the Ranch Health Center, RHC, Madame Anna Amele. The case of the 51 registered pregnant women in Obudu Ranch Camp constitutes a minute fraction of many others scattered all over the Cross River State and other areas in Nigeria.

At the Sankwala General Hospital in the Obanliku LGA, 25 year old Oneh Janet was as still struggling to sit comfortably on the bed when we arrived there. She is a sick nursing mother to two weeks old Eric. Medical officials explained that she was brought there from another hospital after her situation was witnessing little improvement. "She was fast recovering," they said. In the nearby maternity ward, 17 old pregnant, Ayawa Valentine was just recovering from weeks of fatigue. She was brought to Samkwala with a six month pregnancy from the Ranch Community Health Center.

Janet and Her Son in Sankwala Hosp
"The way she looks they might do cesarean. She sustained serious abdominal pains as she had to trek over a long distance. When she was brought here she was not talking, nor walking. She is better now. She eats how," Ugbe Monica, the nurse in charge explained.

Down town in the Ikom Local Government Area, Mary Chufua who said she fled from violence in Buea with a 3 month pregnancy following a manhunt for her husband  was eating a cocoa pod when she complained.

"I don’t have any money to go to hospital. I have not started my prenatal consultations, " she said.  It was the same message from Ngwa Mado who is six months pregnant.  A smile was on their faces after officials of the Southern Cameroons Civil Defense Cabinet, SC - CDC gave them 10,000 naira each to begin with consultation. They expressed gratitude to Southern Cameroonian Association, SCAC,Canada, that came to their aid.

L-R : Mary, Mado. Madame Itoe 
Late October, it emerged from Rhema Care, one of the Humanitarian Organisations on the ground that there were two deliveries in the Obalinku area every week, while some three cases were due for operation.

“In the Obanliku Local Government Area made up of Amana, Obudu Ranch, Utanga and Sankwala communities, we have close to 130 registered pregnant women. Four of them have been operated while we have six others on the cue. It has not been an easy task especially with the numerous patients who are to be operated. We are struggling to do our best with the means available, " explained Pastor Eric Suh, the CEO of Rhema Care, November 15, 2017.

Medics at the Sankwala General Hospital raised concerns should bleeding patients be brought in.
“Their feeding and water also remain a challenge. Otherwise the other parts are strictly medical. For the medical part of the management we now have a scan machine that  would help us  especially in the diagnoses. Otherwise we are doing our best to ensure every other thing is normal. We discussed that together with Doctors Without Borders. 

Agbokim Waterfall  SC Resident 
I told them that we are not prepared for surgical emergencies for people that may be brought here bleeding. If they are in numbers we would have difficulties managing surgical emergencies. But for medical emergencies. We have no problem about that. We have enough bed space, " the Director of the Hospital , Dr Besong Ferdinand  said.    
Beyond the trouble affecting pregnant women, other ladies also raised complains about their other sick children, some facing serious challenges to feed them. All these complains were recorded at the Abgokim Waterfall Camp.

During a visit to the Ajassor camp in the Etung LGA, mostly made of youths, it was also revealed that there were some who were battling with wounds they sustained in violence in the Southern Cameroons. Some sustained injuries on September 22 and October 1, while others are suffering with muscular pains as a result of walking for several hours, from Mamfe to Nigeria.

Besong, Geeting Treated
"I am grateful to our brothers in Canada who are thinking about us. We are now sure that those of us who have escaped cannot be forgotten, " said Besong Ayamba. The CDC response team  rushed him to County Specialist Hospital in Ikom where the wound he sustained on his left shin as he escaped to safety was treated. They wound was fast decomposing.
There were other Southern Cameroonians who had developed skin infections and others with fractures. 

“We slept at the Maromba forest for almost a month under rain and sunshine. When I arrived Nigeria, I only discovered that I had developed fungi infections which is like ring warm on my legs and hands. No way to go to hospital because I don’t have any money. And the fungi itches me every day very badly, "complained Lawson Nganga who left from Kumba. Similar complains of skin infections were presented by a lady from Akwaya in Amana camp apparently resulting from poor accommodation and sleeping conditions.

Living With a fractured thigh
Challenge of Paying Hospital Bills
It emerged from the different areas visited that though hospitals were doing their best they were facing difficulties with increasing bills. We gathered from medics at the Sankwala General Hospital for instance that, the bills there stood at close to 500 000 naira with more than 13 operations already carried out.

Officials of the Ranch Health Center in Obudu said part of the medical bills there were paid by the UN HCR while more than half has not been cleared. I can assure you to continue treatment of all Southern Cameroonians.  Do not stop the treatment. We are mobilizing ourselves and our people all over the world  and we would eventually foot the bills, "

the SC Executive President Sir Ekili Clarence reassured the nurses, when he was informed on  November 11, that some more than 200 naira was owed the health facility by Southern Cameroonians.  The CDC was up the Obudu Ranch health Center to provide warm clothing, blankets and other non-food items to pregnant women as a result of the cold weather on the mountain.

Open Defecation Needs Attention
CDC Sir Ekili and Pastor Eric at Sankwala Hosp
Open defecation was an issue raised by the local community volunteers amid fears of outbreak of diseases like diarrhea, typhoid and dysentery, if measures are not urgently taken to provide the local community with toilets and proper care to the  water sources.
“There is need for the implementation of Water Hygiene and Sanitation programs because open defecation is an environmental and public health challenge, " said Pastor Eric Suh.

Solomon Amabo, Cross River State, Nigeria

Friday, 10 November 2017

Refugees Cry Out to Nigeria Against Killing of Southern Cameroonians

Refugees Crying out to Nigeria
Refugees are calling on Nigeria to help put an end to the killing of Southern Cameroonians by the Cameroon army.

They spoke November 9 2017, at one of the refugee camps in Ajasso, Etung Local Government Area, Cross River State, when researchers from the Nigerian Defense Collage, NDC, came visiting. Their mission was to find out how the close to 400 refugees in the camp were living, how they were being treated as well as know their challenges.

Sir Ekili and NDC Reserchers Mrs Elendu and Ms Uchegbu 
The reserachers also spoke to some immigration officials and advised that they continue to display Nigeira,"s legendary hospitality.

"Nigeria is a big voice in Ecowas. Nigeria is a big voice at the UN and in other international organizations. Nigeria can advocate in the SC Ambazonian Crisis. I just believe that if they do that for us we would always appreciate," one of the coordinators of the camp, Tanyi Lord told the NDC delegation.

Some other refugees called on Nigeria to mount pressure on international community to cause the Republic of Cameroon to put a halt to the wanton killing of Southern Cameroonians, causing many to flee for their lives.

Women too Had their say
“They have been slaughtering Southern Cameroonians in their numbers causing us to be here. 

We just think Nigeria should help tell La Republic to put an end to the killings, abductions and arrests of our people,"one of the refugees said.

In another camp, the NDC was informed about problems of accommodation, feeding, and the need for the Federal Government to provide some loans for them to start up petty businesses like fish smoking. 

The delegation was also informed about an isolated case of immigration harassment and attempted extortion. One of the refugee complained she was asked to pay 500 naira at a checkpoint after her Cameroonian identity card was retained. It was handed to her only when her elder sister intervened, pleading for mercy.

Mama Ambazonia seated- She Transfromed her House to a camp
One of the refugees, Kum Victor, also explained to their guest s that the Cameroon army was targeting mostly Southern Cameroonian youths to kill and maim because they believe they are the ones who can fight back against brutality. Others explained how soldiers were breaking into their houses and shooting peaceful protesters from helicopter gunships.

The refugees in other communities like the Agbokim Waterfall area, expressed gratitude for the warm welcome they received and are still receiving from Nigerians, hosting them in some cases in their houses, in the absence of UN-styled camps.

Addressing refugees in Agbokim Waterfall camp
NDC Research Fellow, Mrs Elendu Christiana, reassured the refugees that measures have been put in place against harassment on Southern Cameroonians and sanctions to defaulting security officers were not ruled out. 

At different checkpoints the NDC delegation took time to explain to the immigration and other security officers to welcome every Southern Cameroonian with open arms. “We are all brothers separated by rivers and forests. Be friendly to them and don’t close doors. They are carrying no weapons and some even arrive with plastic bags. Continue to keep the Nigerian hospitality on the spotlight, Mrs Elengu said.

Some Refugees in Abgokim, mostly women and children
The NDC enjoined Southern Cameroonians to remain law abiding , avoid anything to do with militancy and cultism. It was also gathered that there are now five states bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis - Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Delta state.
At the Cameroon Nigeria boarder between Ikom and Ekok, the gates on the Cameroonian side of the border remain closed as vehicles could be seen cuing on the Nigerian side.

The visit of the NDC delegation that included Ms Juliet Uchegbu,  comes ahead of a top security meeting slated for the 14 of November 2017 in Abuja. Discussions are to focus on the Nigerian-Cameroon relations following the spillover of the Southern Cameroon crisis.

Ikom-Ekok Boarder Post
Southern Cameroons Civil Defense Cabinet, CDC, Sir Ekili Clarence ,after a working session with the NDC delegation later told the press that the humanitarian CDC organization was facing challenges to move to the different camps given their distances, and expressed the need for the UN and the Nigerian Commission for Refugees to get Southern Cameroonians register and enable more than three quarter of them without relief to get assistance.  

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Southern Cameroons Refugees Long Walk to Nigeria…Untold Stories..

As many Southern Cameroonians continue to forcefully run away into Nigeria, it might have been an easy ride for some. At least using the  Trans African Highway that passes through Nigeria. Others had foreseen danger and decided to relocate before the situation escalated on September 22 2017. 

My Husband was Killed- Omange
Many others were forced to leave their homes for fear of arrest and killing as recounted by the Refugees. A majority of them were compelled to a long walk to safety in Nigeria and especially in the Cross River State, given their different untold stories. 

There are clear indications that the influx of displaced Southern Cameroonians intensified after October 1 when the Federal Republic of Ambazonia declared its independence. Akwaya and Eyumojock Divisions in the Southern Cameroons remain the most hit with as many as 196 displaced families in some cases.

Refugees from Akwaya at Obudu Up Ranch 
He looked worried this November 5 2017 after leaving one of the camps in Abokim, in the Etung Local Government Area to the council premises in Ikom. 

Lawson Nganga, could not hide his feelings when he was not offered relief from the Nigerian Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. He is one of the yet to be registered refugees. He took time to explain how he spent almost one month in the Maromba Forest.  

“It was one afternoon after September 22. Soldiers of the Cameroonian army attacked Maromba II village in Kumba, Meme Division and were beating people and ransacking households. The youths were targeted,recalled the 35 year old cocoa farmer. "The only option was for about 12 of us to leave for the Maromba Forest where we spent some four days.  We had to make our way to Mamfe. 

From there, we trekked to Nigeria. We found ourselves being beaten by rain in the forest. We were living mainly on food crops like cocoyams and plantains we roasted while on the journey. Some villagers in areas where we passed through also gave us assistance. We trekked for days and arrived with nothing," he explained.

Akwaya is Behind the mountains. Seen from Obudu Ranch
According to Assam Ekuri Assam, the brutality of the soldiers was inexplicable. "I was forced to abandon my home opposite Apolo Bar around Eyomojock subdivision gendarmerie brigade. It was on October 4 2017.

“Soldiers just got into my home, kicked the pot from the fireside on which my wife was cooking.  They threatened to arrest me and everyone. We were not feeling safe anymore as they continued to harass my family.I had to leave with my pregnant wife and three children who are 10, 8 and six years respectively.  The journey too was not an easy one. I carried my last child on my back, held the others two by hand.  We were on foot for almost six hours and reached the Sanakang, a border village. 

From there we took a boat to Nigeria. At some stage my children were.   My wife may give birth very soon –she is 8 months pregnant and it is a difficult situation for me. Where they sleep and eat is another story," he narrated. Assam like many other families undertook the journey. Statistics from  humanitarian organisations on ground shows that some 140 families from Akwaya were displaced from Akwaya alone. 

My Child lived on biscuits for three days - Elizebeth N
In one of the camps in Ajasso, Etung LGA, hosting some of the refugees, mostly children and women, the story of the baby who lived on biscuits for three days days is on every lip. 

Mme Elizabeth Ntui said her husband was being hunted down by security forces in Mamfe town for what she claimed is his believe and support to the Ambazonia Republic. Her husband had fled since after September 22 and there were threats on her family.

The soldiers kept coming to our house at Ndebaya village in Eyumojok demanding the whereabouts of my husband. There were several gunshots to a point where one of my daughters had convulsion. We felt insecure and had to move into a nearby bush.  I and my three kids survived on biscuits until we reached Ekok in Cameroon. Soldiers arrested us and we had to explain that we were traveling to Nigeria to visit my father in law before we were freed. We then used a boat from Cameroon to border to Nsang, a neighbouring town in Nigeria. It was a difficult experience but we are happy we arrived Nigeria," she said. Elizabeth N. is living in a house now transformed into a camp. The area is host to about 35 children. They were separated from their parents.

With Nigerian security Official
In the case of Southern Cameroonians who fled from Akwaya, the walk lasted several hours. From Akwaya main town they were forced to move to a border area called Kalamo in Cameroon. Their entry point into Nigeria after almost 5 hours of walk through a foot path is Kigol, a village just under the Obudu Ranch. 

The altitude of the ranch is like the journey to hut 1 on Buea Mountain. There were several stories of families who could not trace their loved ones. As at October 15, we were informed by local authorities that 86 households had been affected.

"We were living in Akwaya main town. Soldiers came in on October 1 and killed my husband Omenge Areta. They destroyed our house and we were forced to join others to move.  I had to take my four children and leave to Kigol in Nigeria, passing through forests and rivers,"recounted Omange Charity who burst into tears as she explained that her children were finding it difficult to have food. This was on October 30 2017.

There are several other dreadful stories of another woman whose baby was swept away by a river as she crossed into Nigeria.  We were informed by local community leaders that she has been weeping and isolating herself.
Concordant sources also told us that security forces prevented many people who wanted to engage in the long walk to Nigeria from Southern Cameroons. These forceful displacement has caused a lot of health problems to Southern Cameroonians while in Nigeria. This is subject of the next report.

Solomon Amabo. Cross River State, Nigeria.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Declaration of Independence of Ambazonia Caused Influx of Refugees- Nigerian Refugee Commission ...GC Visits

Chairman, Ikom LGA
The Nigerian Government has pledged total protection of Southern Cameroons refugees as thousands of them continue to flee to safety. 

The Chairman of the Ikom Local Government Area made the pledge on November 2 2017 when the country's Federal Commission for refugees was flagging off the distribution of food and non-food items and relief materials to the displaced persons.

Mr Julius Adie said in as much as Nigeria would protect all the refugees, by providing care and support, he urged the African Union and other international organisations to help resolve the crisis in Cameroon.
Ambazonia Independence Caused Influx of refugees- Mr Imosan
Also speaking on the protection of the Southern Cameroons Refugees, the Director General of the Nigerian Cross Rivers 

State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, John Inaku, warned against rape of any of the refugees, promising severe sanctions.  'Security forces should not smile at any acts of attempted rape, ' he warned.

Declaration of Independence of Ambazonia Caused Influx of Refugees 

Mr Imosan E. Imosan, who spoke for the honorable federal Commissioner of the Nigerian National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced persons, NCRMIDP, which provided the relief and support, said the declaration of the independence of the Republic of Ambazonia, caused the mass movement of refugees into the country Nigeria.

First SC recipient 
"The attention of the Nigeria was drawn to the symbolic declaration of a sovereign state and independence of Ambazonia by the Anglophone Cameroonians, through hoisting of flags and singing of the national anthem in strategic locations in Cameroon Republic on the 1st of October 2017. 

This action culminated in the repressive attacks by government security agents on armless civilians, wanton destruction of valuable properties and arbitrary arrest and detention of mass population, mostly youths women and children. Even scores of deaths were recorded. The consequences of such attacks has been the remarkable influx of Cameroonians into the bordering towns of Ikom, Boki, Obanliku etc in Cross River State, Gembu on Taraba State and other surrounding locations, ' he explained.

The flagging off ceremony that took place at the Ikom LGA premises saw the presence of members of the Governing Council, GC of Southern Cameroons.

GC Delegation.. 2nd from left, Prof Anyangwe, Milan, Oswald and Ndeh 
Professor Carlson Anyangwe who was part of the GC delegation appreciated the Nigerian government and the host communities for taking care of the refugees.

“Your action is a demonstration of African hospitality. We are happy that Nigeria was again able to demonstrate that she was a big brother in Africa. Our people will know how to pay you back," he said.  The governing council delegation later left for one of the camps in the Etung LGA, hosting more than 200 refugees.

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The Southern Cameroons Civil Defense Cabinet, CDC Executive President, one of the humanitarian organisations which have been providing relief to the displaced, paid tribute to Nigerian legendary hospitality.  

Sir Ekili Clarence said in every premature birth special midwives and incubators and needed for the premature babies to attain their normal growth rate. "With the love and support from the Nigerian people, you have proven to be those special midwives. He called on all Southern Cameroonian Refugees to respect the laws of their host country and be one another's keeper.

Cross Section of Refugees
The items provided Southern Cameroonians include rice, beans, corn, stoves, blankets, buckets, matrasses and other household equipment. 

The exercise for a start concerns only the displaced persons who are registered with the Nigerian Commission for Refugees. The distribution is a huge supplement to efforts in that direction earlier made by the SC Defense Cabinet with donations from the Southern Cameroons Association in Canada, SCAC.

One of the beneficiaries of Nigerian largesse, Mme Anna Niba, commended the efforts of the Nigerian government and all those who were hosting the refugees.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Special Report : Precarious Situation of Thousands of Southern Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria… On ground Reports

Since November 2016, many Southern Cameroonians have been seeking refuge in Nigeria, following the crisis that has rocked Cameroon for one year now. But as from October 2 2017 the influx of Southern Cameroonians in Nigeria is raising concerns. 

Southern Cameroonian refugees at Utanga, cross Rivers State
“We cannot give any exact figure because the refugees come in on a daily basis. Once you register 2000 you only realise that many more come in," said the Director General of the Nigerian Cross Rivers State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, John Inaku, on October 30 2017 in Utanga, an community hosting some of the refugees. Although there are virtually refugees all over Nigeria, the Cross River State is host to a majority given that it shares land and sea borders with Southern Cameroons.

The refugees presently in Nigeria come from the towns and cities in Cameroon. Many said they were from Kumba, Buea, Mbengwi, Limbe, Kumbo and Bamenda. A majority of them said they were from Eyumojock and especially Akwaya Subdivision in Manyu Division of the South West Region of Cameroon.

Christina Apkena..."I saw soldiers kill our people"
A sixty six year old woman who had joined others in the long walk from Akwaya main town into  Nigeria four weeks ago said she saw people being shot dead by Cameroonian soldiers and had to escape. 

“War made me to escape. I saw how soldiers were breaking into houses and killing people.  Shooting was serious and our properties were destroyed," said Christina Akpena.  A child of one of the refugees was swept away by a river while some women had to gave birth on their way as they escaped violence to Nigeria. 

John Ynaka, Cross River State SEMA Director General
Information gathered from many refugees from the Engale, Yive and Oliti villages in Akwaya indicated that they could not locate their other family members.  Those who succeeded to escaped to 

Nigeria reported that some people were still living in forests as they make desperate attempts to cross over to Nigeria for safety. In some cases complete households were affected.

According to SEMA, there are in four areas in the Cross Rivers State hosting a majority of the refugees. They are in the Boki Local Government Area, LGA, in Ikom, Etung and Obanliku Local Government areas.  Obanliku alone is hosting three major camps: one in Amana the other in Utunga and the third in the Obudu Up Ranch locality. Amana alone has more than 1500 refugees, this reporter was informed by concordant sources.

SC Children , now Refugees
With the influx of Cameroonian refugees, life in these communities have witness a dramatic twist.  “Food prices have witnessed an increase. The refugees live with our people and households have to assist them in the best way they can.

UN Official Mette Refugees at Camp in Ajaso, Ikom LGA
We have asked them not to scare our guests because they are our brothers and sisters. We have many other challenges such as open defecation. Our water sources have been tampered with.

We need more pit toilets. Imagine we have some 1500 people in Amana, some 800 in Eyindele and some 2006 in Up Ranch," explained one of the Nigerian community leaders, Demela Akov, who coordinates the Amana camp. 

At the Obudu Up Ranch camp, we were told that 51 other refugees  entered there from Cameroon on November 1 2017. All those who arrived looking weak, dejected and frustrated had trekked for  distances of over 300 Km.

Your reporter and refugees in Obudu Upper ranch, Obanlike LGA
These figures exclude the almost 600 in both the Ikom and Etung local government areas still in Cross Rivers State. The other refugees are in big towns and cities like Abuja, Lagos, Calabar, Kano, Enugu among other states.

The security situation apparently caused the Nigerian security forces to arrest more than 25 Cameroonians at a popular Hotel in Ikom LGA. They were all released, after it was realized that they were mostly Christians travelling to the Synagogue Church of all Nations for worship. 

We gathered from security sources that the swoop was on allegations that there were some hidden faces who may have want to foment trouble.

In the midst of the influx of Southern Cameroonian refugees into Nigeria, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR has been on the ground to provide relief and support. The Nigerian Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced,NCRIDP persons and SEMA said they had had sleepless nights trying to make the refugees feel at home. The registration process has also been ongoing.

The UN and other humanitarian organisations have also been providing nonfood and food items such as mattresses, pots, rice among others to the displaced thousands. Humanitarian organisations like the Southern Cameroons Civil Defense Cabinet, Cabinet, CDC, have also been providing the refugees with relief.

Upper Ranch Refuggees. Some cannot locate family
“We are not involved in any military activity. The Civil Defense exists in the US, UK and even here in Nigeria. The Civil Defense Cabinet is simply a group of civilians providing relief and support to Southern Cameroonians. 

SC-CDC Donates to Refugees in Ikom LGA
With the Support of Southern Cameroons Association in Canada, SCAC, we have been able to provide food stuff, 

accommodation and health to more than 450 refugees since October 24 that we have been on the ground, " the Executive President of the Southern Cameroons Civil Defense, Sir Ekili Clarence, explained. 

We also gathered that the Health and Social Services of the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front, SCACUF had also come to the rescue of the refugees weeks back.

Visiting SC in Samkwana general Hospital
The Nigeria government had early in October 2017 said it was expecting to host some 30,000 to 40 000 refugees and called for the protection of the refugees.

"You are aware of the crisis happening in the Nigeria-Cameroon border for which the UN Refugee Agency has projected 40, 000 refugees that will be coming to Nigeria and 30, 000 of them are likely to come in through Cross River State.

UNHCR Official Registering Refugees
Cameroon refugees should be well protected just as they did for us during the crisis period of Boko-Haram in the North- Eastern part of Nigeria, " the Controller-General of Nigerian Immigration, Mohammed Babandede told a recent meeting in Calabar. 

A UNHCR staff who was not mandated to officially speak said as at October 27 2017 approximately 19, 000 Southern Cameroonian refugees were in Nigeria.

Watch this space for Special reports on Health, Accommodation. Feeding of Southern Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria…..

Solomon Amabo, Cross Rivers State, Nigeria