March 22, 2019

Don’t Expel Nigerian Refugees,MSF Warns Cameroon

The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned Cameroon against the repatriation of 40,000 refugees to Nigeria over insecurity at Rann, Borno state.

The doctors without borders; are also extremely concerned over what will happen to the refugees, when they are repatriated to Nigeria by
Cameroonian authorities.

MSF’s Communication Officer in Borno, Abdulkareem Yakubu in a
Wednesday statement released in Maiduguri said: “Nearly 40,000 people have been living in makeshift shelters since their arrival.

“But they are departing Cameroon after being told to go home (Nigeria).
Today (Wednesday); we are seeing people packing up their personal
effects and leaving for Rann after being told by authorities of Cameroon and Nigeria to leave and depart.”

According to him, the security situation in Ran is very uncertain and
there is no available humanitarian assistance.
He said that Rann has been severally attacked recently with MSF’s
treatment of many patients in Goura, Cameroon.

“The refugees told us that they fled Ran to Cameroon because they
were afraid,” he said, noting that the people don’t want to return.”

Continuing, he warned: “We know there were suspected cases of measles in Goura and if it spreads in Rann; where there is no medical care
available, it will be a disaster.”

He called on the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria to protect these vulnerable people and ensure they can seek safety where they choose.

He said that this could enable the refugees have access to basic needs
of life, including shelter and medical care.

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