Nigeria: Plight of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon: A Cry for Assistance

Nigeria: Plight of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon: A Cry for Assistance

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a plea for help, over 120,000 Nigerian refugees currently residing in Cameroon have reached out to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging his intervention to facilitate their return to their homeland in Borno State, Nigeria. This appeal was conveyed through a letter addressed to Tinubu by Mr. Luka Isaac, the president of the Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon (NRC).

The refugees, originating from Gwoza East within Borno State, encompass communities such as Arganjara, Agapalawa, Amuda, and 15 other villages situated along the border areas with Cameroon. Isaac highlighted the dire living conditions faced by the refugees at the Minawao Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, emphasizing their inability to return to their communities due to ongoing occupation by Boko Haram terrorists since 2013.

Among their requests, the refugees implore both the Federal Government and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to provide adequate compensation for the loss and damage to their properties in Gwoza local council. Isaac underscored the profound hardships, mental anguish, and disruptions to family life experienced by the refugees during their time in the Cameroonian IDP camp.

The refugees outlined specific conditions for their return to Nigeria, emphasizing the imperative need for improved security measures in Gwoza East, including the deployment of additional soldiers and military equipment. Furthermore, they advocated for the establishment of IDP camps equipped with essential infrastructural facilities for water supply, education, and healthcare services.

Reflecting on their current predicament, Isaac lamented the depletion of essential supplies in the Cameroonian camp, resulting in heightened challenges such as hunger and inadequate healthcare services. The refugees, predominantly comprising women and children, expressed their longing to return to their homeland and escape the hardships and dehumanization they endure in their current circumstances.

As the plight of these Nigerian refugees persists, their cry for assistance serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for humanitarian action to alleviate their suffering and facilitate their safe return to their ancestral homes.

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