Cameroon Forcing Hundreds of Nigerian Refugees Home

Cameroon Forcing Hundreds of Nigerian Refugees Home

by | 22nd March 2017
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The UN refugee agency has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency.


The UNHCR said forced returns had “continued unabated” despite an agreement earlier this month.


Under the deal, any returns would be voluntary and only “when conditions were conducive”.


Cameroon has rejected the accusation and said people returned willingly.


According to the UNHCR, more than 2,600 refugees have been forcibly returned to Nigeria from Cameroon this year.


Many are unable to go back to their villages in Borno state for security reasons and have ended up in camps for displaced people.


In some cases, the UNHCR said, people had been returned “without allowing them time to collect their belongings”.


Many of the returnees are now settled in the Banki camp for internally displaced people.