UN urges more support for those fleeing violence into Cameroon

By Editorial Board - 27 October 2015 at 7:32 pm
FILE -In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015,  a woman wearing a veil with her family forming part of a group of refugees that fled their homes due to violence from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram at a refugee camp in Minawao, Cameroon. A Cameroon governor says the country’s north has banned wearing burkas and face-covering veils after suicide bombings by women in burkas killed at least 14 people in a northern town on Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki, File)

AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki, File

The United Nations has called for an increase in support for families fleeing conflicts. In a recent press release the UN urged the international community to escalate their support in Cameroon, which is currently housing more than 310,000 people who have fled from conflict in Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

“Deprived and traumatized families fleeing violence in the Central African Republic and Nigeria are being hosted by impoverished but generous communities, themselves facing daily hardship,” Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said in a press release.

In all three countries Boko Haram has been suspected of committing suicide bombings as well as cross-border raids contributing to more than 80,000 people being uprooted from their lives in Cameroon’s Far North region in the past year, according to Reuters.

Star Africa reported that in order to “boost morale” of the security and defence forces that have been deployed to fight the extremist group, the Cameroonian military will provide them with “advanced military equipment.”

In recent times attacks in Cameroon have amplified which not only affects those injured or killed in the attacks but also contributes the ever-increasing refugee crisis in the area. Hopefully with the push by the UN to garner further support from the international community refugees will be able to live in increasingly better conditions. However, even if things do change it is the root of the problem that needs to be dealt with – how to stop the attacks by Boko Haram.

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