[The Activism Blog] UN condemns attack on IDPs

An IDP camp in the North East of Nigeria | YNaija.com

The United Nations has condemned the attack by Boko Haram insurgents at the Banki Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno.

The attack which claimed eleven lives (majorly refugees) took place on August, 31, 2017, on the eve of the Muslim holiday, Eid-el-Adha.

The UNHCR’s country representative to Nigeria, Jose-Antonio Canhandula, said in a statement in Abuja that victims of the incident were returnees from Cameroon.

He said, “The victims are refugees in Cameroon, who had just returned to their home country after fleeing violence with hopes of beginning lives afresh. Security is an evident concern as we resolutely begin the implementation of the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees living in Cameroon as part of the tripartite agreement signed earlier this year. The tripartite agreement was signed between Nigeria, Cameroon and UNHCR to ensure voluntary and safe return of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.”

More than one million IDP’s had returned to their communities since government regained control in areas previously held by the insurgents.

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