June 19, 2017 – 818 Nigerian Refugees Deported From Cameroon Arrive Borno Amidst Humanitarian Crisis At IDP Camps
At least 818 Nigerian refugees on Saturday arrived in Banki, Borno State amidst inadequate humanitarian interventions compounding the huge gaps in humanitarian needs for the refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
This is made known in a statement by Mr Hanson Tamfu, External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday in Abuja.
The UNHCR official disclosed that the 818 refugees include 151 male adult, 146 female adult and 521 children.
He said that the refugees had added to the influx of Nigerians who returned to the country in the past weeks.
He said that the influx would compound the yawing gaps of needs already overstretched in catering for IDPs including shelter, food, core relief items hygiene kits among others.
Tamfu said that the UNHCR had taken urgent steps to address the challenges as it had informed the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food for the new arrivals.
He said that the agency had also discussed with the military to provide firewood for cooking and discussed with the Borno State Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR) to set up emergency reception tent.