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UNHCR Cameroon Factsheet - January 2017

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259,145
Central African refugees registered by UNHCR in rural areas in the East, Adamaoua and North regions, of which 158,418 arrived since December 2013

84,325
Nigerian refugees in the Far North region (of which 60,895 have been registered at Minawao camp)

191,908
Internally Displaced Persons in the Far North region
(sources: DTM by IOM as of January 2017 and UNHCR protection monitoring Flash Updates)

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

  • The security situation in the Far North region remains unpredictable with various sporadic attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram. In January, 602 new Nigerian refugees were registered at Gourounguel transit before being transferred to Minawao camp. They come from Maiduguri, Mubi, Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria and from the localities of Zelevet, Touboro and Kousseri in the Far North region of Cameroon where they had previously found refuge, but are now fleeing insecurity, difficult living conditions and a wish to be reunited with family members in Minawao camp.

  • The restructuring of UNHCR offices in the East, Adamawa and North regions took effect as of 1 January, with the objective of being closer to beneficiaries and point of delivery and in accordance of the UNHCR refugee coordination model. UNHCR Batouri and Meiganga are now Sub-Offices, while Bertoua and Djohong became Field Offices. UNHCR held its first coordination meetings with its partners in Meiganga and Bertoua where the main guidelines for 2017 in terms of resource management, proximity to beneficiaries, self-reliance, and protection of the environment were given.