UN to relocate 5,000 Cameroonian refugees to Benue camp

The UNHCR has completed arrangements to relocate 5,000 Cameroonian refugees to Anyake village in Benue state for the distribution of food and non-food items in camps.

Over 20,000 Cameroonian refugees were also registered in the country with Cross River having a lion’s share of 16,790 refugees.

UNHCR Regional and Country Representatives, Liz Ahua and Antonio Canhandula, who disclosed this on Thursday in a statement issued in Maiduguri, said that 3,695 refugees were registered in Benue and Akwa Ibom states.

According to Ahua, 11,757 refugees were also reached with food and non-food items distributions in Cross River state in first quarter of 2018.

She further disclosed that the relocation process of refugees is to commence by end of this month.

“The UN refugees’ agency has cleared an access road to the Anyake site, Kwande LGA, where 5,000 refugees will be relocated. The access road is six kilometres from the main road,” said Ahua.

She assured that the site has been cleared and prepared for the new settlement of refugees.

Ahua noted that further work on the site includes completion of a one-stop shop building where refugees will receive assistance.

She said training on procurement, warehousing and inventory management has been organized for 20 partner staff members this week.

“We’re working to assist refugees in collaboration with seven partners including, four in Cross River and three in Benue,” assured Ahua.

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