Written by on January 21, 2018


United Nations has expressed growing concerns about the increasing number of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, saying it is particularly worried over safety of women and children.

Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, William Spindler, lamented over the precarious situation of women and children, which made up about eighty per cent of the approximately ten thousand registered refugees in Cross River state.

He said some of the children fleeing to Nigeria told UNHCR that they had been out of school in Cameroon for all of 2017.

According to him, UNHCR and the Nigerian authorities are currently working to identify sites away from the border, where the refugees can live according to international standards.

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