Central African Republic Refugees Repatriated From Cameroon

Cameroon, supported by UNHCR continues to assist displaced people returning to the Central African Republic, after periods of being refugees in Cameroon.

A total of 294 refugees from the Central African Republic who have been living in Cameroon were repatriated yesterday, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, to their country under the auspices of the Resident Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cameroon, Olivier Beer.

Of the 294 refugees who are now in their homes in CAR, 149 were hosted in the Gado-Badzere refugee site in the Lom et Djerem division, while 150 left from the Lolo refugee site in the Kentzou sub-division of the Kadey division.

The voluntary repatriation operation was relaunched this year after the repatriation of earlier contingents in 2019 and 2020. This year’s operation was launched on June 1, 2022, with the first contingent of 300 CAR refugees repatriated.

“It is envisaged that about 2,500 persons, 1,250 of whom by the Batouri office and 1,250 by the Meiganga and Djohong offices would be voluntarily repatriated this year,” a UNHCR official revealed.

It is worth remembering that since the beginning of this year, 1,196 individuals with 597 from Meiganga and 599 from Batouri have already been repatriated from Cameroon to the Central African Republic.

Since the beginning of the political crisis in the Central African Republic, about 300,000 CAR nationals escaping from violence have sought refuge in Cameroon.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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