AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Agreement for the repatriation of more than 295,000 Central African refugees from Cameroon

Thursday, 4 July 2019 refugees  

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - There are more than 295,000 Central African refugees in Cameroon who will be able to voluntarily return to their Country on the basis of an agreement signed by the governments of Cameroon and the Central African Republic together with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agreement was signed in Bangui on June 29 and represents the "legal framework that establishes the methods for the voluntary return of Central African refugees to their Country, in safety and dignity", said the UNHCR.
"The situation has definitely stabilized in Central Africa. Measures were taken to accompany them and reintegrate them" said the UNHCR representative in Bangui.
"Today more than 450,000 Central African refugees are situated between Cameroon, Chad, the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite the peaceful elections in February 2016, there are more than 450,000 internally displaced persons", said the official of the organization UN.
Cameroon's Minister of the Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Njia, said that "Cameroon has opened its doors to more than 400,000 Central African refugees who mainly live in the camps", and thanks the UNHCR for the help offered to its country in supporting refugees, and the refugees themselves for having maintained their dignity despite the difficulties they experienced, Cameroon welcomes Nigerian, Chadian and other refugees as well as those from Central Africa (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 4/7/2019)