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Cameroon bears brunt of neighbour countries’ conflicts

From ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – MORE than 7 000 refugees have fled the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and sought refugee across the border in Cameroon.
The influx has worsened a situation that is dire because of an earlier mass arrival in 2013-2014.
Since 2014, these communities, which also battle the arrival of over 90 000 refugees from Nigeria, have received more than 12 000 refugees from CAR and their basic services are overstretched.
In CAR, clashes between Christian extremists and Muslim radicals in the border city of Ngaoundaye have led to an influx of refugees in the commune of Touboro in the northern region.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has pre-registered a total of 6 885 individuals (1 817 households), mostly
women and children (4 026 children under 18 years of age, or 58 percent of the total), mainly in the villages of Mbaiboum, Helbao, Wakassao,
Man-Regara, Touboro, Mbodo and Barka Lamou.
Food, health, non-food items (NFIs) and shelter have been identified as priority needs.
The need for protection of many vulnerable children, including unaccompanied children and children without birth certificates, was also identified.
New refugees in the eastern regions such as Betare Oya, Garoua Boulai and Kette face many challenges related to their documentation and access to basic social services.
UN Children’s lamented the communities pursue activities that are detrimental to the survival and development of the child, such as the sexual exploitation of adolescent girls or child labour in mines.
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