Boko Haram: 35,000 flee Nigeria for Cameroon

No fewer  than 35,000 Nigerians have  fled to Cameroon to become refugees in recent weeks following  the escalation of  the Boko Haram insurgency  in  the North-East, Médecins Sans Frontières  has  claimed.

MSF,  also  called Doctors Without Borders,  in a  statement  said the latest migration followed an increase in violence around  Rann in Borno State.

According to the  statement, many  of the Nigerian refugees in the  Cameroonian village  of  Goura urgently  need  food, shelter and water.

The MSF said it had  launched an emergency response to take care of the refugees.

The statement quoted  MSF’s  deputy programme manager for emergencies Dr Silas Moussa as saying,  “They (refugees)  left on foot very early in the morning — women, children and elderly people.

“When they fled, they had to leave elderly and sick relatives behind. They brought along what possessions they could, but in Goura they have nothing to drink and nowhere to sleep. They have been left to fend for themselves.”

The statement  added, “The refugees have been staying in a large, informal camp in Goura since late January. Most are sleeping in the open, even though it is sandstorm season and the temperature drops sharply at night.

“The uncertainty surrounding whether these refugees will be resettled or returned to Nigeria prevents humanitarian assistance from being as complete and effective as it should be”.
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