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NGO Deplores Situation Of Cameroonian Refugees In Chad

APLFT has expressed dissatisfaction with the living conditions of some Cameroonian refugees in the Farcha and N’gueli refugee camps.

A Chadian Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), Association for the Promotion of Fundamental Liberties (APLFT) has expressed dissatisfaction with the living conditions of some Cameroonian refugees in the Farcha and N’gueli refugee camps.

Speaking during a visit to the sites on Tuesday, Dec. 21, Larlem Marie, the General Coordinator of APLFT, said “We deplore the consequences of conflicts. In most cases it is the women and children who suffer.

“We demand that the authorities, be it Cameroonian or Chadian, but in particular those who are in the conflict zones, be able to anticipate conflicts by creating conditions of peace between populations and we know they are capable of doing so.” 

Marie was not happy with the inequality in the distribution of assistance to the refugees.

“Some are better treated while others are not. For example, in Farcha, people receive enough assistance in terms of foodstuff but others in other camps don’t have mats, bedsheets, etc,” the APLFT official revealed.

A representative of the refugees in N’gueli camp in Karwaye quarter said they have been made several promises “but we have only received some mats and some foodstuff. That has kept us going for a short time but we are very many of us in the Karwaye camp. We are in need of food, especially cereals, blankets, tents and water.”

According to Moussa Samedjida, the 1st Assistant Mayor of the 9th District Council, the stock of foodstuff they had was exhausted yet refugees continue to arrive from Kousseri.

“Whereas the problem has been solved in Kousseri, people continue to arrive from there,” he said.

While some of the refugees who came when the communal violence was at its peak have started returning to their homes, some are still arriving and we have to welcome them.”

“Due to the fact that some are going back home while some are still coming, we cannot know the exact number of refugees here now.”

Communal violence between Arab Choa herdsmen and Mousgoum farmers/fishermen erupted in Kousseri and some villages in Far North region of Cameroon on Dec.5, 2021 forcing more than 30,000 Cameroonians to cross the border into Chad.

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