Cameroon ‘forcibly repatriates’ Nigerians

The United Nations says Cameroon is forcing thousands of Nigerian refugees displaced by the jihadist group Boko Haram to go home.

The UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, said Cameroonian soldiers have so far this year sent home more than 2,600 people to villages in north-east Nigeria, where insecurity persists and basic services are scarce.

Earlier this month, the two countries signed an agreement stating that refugees would not be forcibly repatriated.

More than 85,000 Nigerian refugees reside in neighbouring Cameroon’s Far North region, where the Islamist militants also launch attacks, often using female suicide bombers and children.

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