The UN refugee chief, Filippo Grandi, on a visit to Cameroon this week, vowed more support to displaced Central Africans and Cameroonians fleeing inter-sectarian violence. Grandi spoke at a ministerial conference in Yaounde while helping refugees from the Central African Republic and traveling to northern Cameroon.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has said that the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will increase support for the approximately 1.4 million displaced Central Africans.
Grandi was speaking at a conference in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, which was attended by ministers from Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Sudan.
They are all countries with displaced people and refugees from the Central African Republic who have fled back home from fighting since 2013.
The Ministers resolved to continue to support the ongoing reconciliation efforts in the CAR for peace in the troubled state so that IDPs and refugees can go home.
Grandi praised Cameroon, which hosts nearly half of CAR’s refugees.
He says Cameroon is home to nearly half a million refugees from the Central African Republic, Nigeria and other citizens who find a hospitable welcome and peace in the Central African state. Grandi says she met with Cameroonian officials and UNHCR partners to find ways to increase and coordinate international aid to improve the conditions for people displaced from their homes by the crisis.
The UNHCR says about 600,000 people are internally displaced in the Central African Republic, while another 700,000 have fled to neighboring countries.
Olivier Fafa is the agency’s representative at Atidjah CAR.
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Ministers attending the Yaoundé conference said less than 10 percent of the $226 million needed to help displaced Central Africans in 2022 had been raised.
He urged donor agencies and states to contribute more funds.
Meanwhile, Cameroon’s Minister of Regional Administration Paul Atanga Naji said that President Paul Biya ordered his government to continue helping refugees in Cameroon.
Nji says Cameroon supports UNHCR by providing free health care for all Central African refugees and free education for their children. Nji says Cameroon provides security for all refugees and land for the construction of refugee camps.
The United Nations says there are also more than a million Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram in Cameroon.
UN refugee chief Grandi also visited Cameroon’s northern border with Chad and met villagers fleeing inter-community violence between farmers, ranchers and fishermen in December.
The United Nations said more than 100,000 Cameroonians had fled across the border into Chad, where most live.
Cameroonians displaced in the Bogo refugee camp said they would return to their villages, but only after rival communities agreed to a peace.