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More than 200,000 Cameroonians who fled into forests have little aid, UN says

More than 200,000 Cameroonians who fled into forests have little aid, UN says

The United Nations has revealed that more than 200,000 Cameroon nationals who have fled bloody separatist conflict into a nearby forest have received little aid as humanitarian agencies struggle to access the area.

Modibo Traore, the head of OCHA in Cameroon also said that in addition, at least 21,000 have fled their homes in the volatile western regions into Nigeria since late last year.

He added that bad roads, travel restrictions and unpredictable attacks have made it difficult for them to go in to offer aid to many in want.

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“The people living in the forest are asking for more assistance, saying that conditions are very difficult,” Traore told the Reuters Thomson Foundation.

“They are sleeping in the open space … in the middle of the rainy season. Many people couldn’t take anything with them.”

The regions have been gripped by violence since protests by the mainly Francophone country’s Anglophone minority morphed into a secessionist movement last year.

 

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