A new batch of 3,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) has crossed the border to Cameroon, bringing the total number of CAR refugees in Cameroon to 98,000 , PANA learned Friday from official sources.
This new group of refugees who arrived in Garoua-Boulaï, one of the villages bordering eastern CAR, is made up of mostly Muslims, including their women and children.
They were escorted by MISCA peacekeepers, on board 50 flatbed trucks which belong to private Cameroonian transport operators.
PANA reports that on arrival, appropriate emergency measures were taken by local authorities to provide them with hospitality until they are registered and assisted from the Sub-regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), missionaries and host families.
Before their arrival, Cameroon was home to 94,450 refugees and 1,330 asylum seekers from CAR who have been registered and assisted by UNHCR.
According to the UNHCR, there are currently 2,243 refugees from CAR who have been settled in 308 remote areas of eastern Cameroon, not easily accessible.
By a law enacted in July 2005, Cameroon currently accommodate refugees and asylum seekers from CAR, Nigeria and Chad.
Moreover, Cameroon has also established two commissions to look into applications from refugees and asylum seekers.
Despite this legal framework, Cameroon has not yet ratified the 1954 and 1961 conventions relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.