Kouassi Lazare Etien, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cameroon, opened a new office in Touboro, northern region, on 1 November.
This new office, explains Kouassi Lazare Etien, will take care of nearly 7,000 new refugees in the locality of Touboro in 2017, adding to more than 12,000 refugees already settled in the locality since 2014. “ So far, these refugees were assisted by the UNHCR office in Meiganga, remote from these target populations of nearly 387 kilometers. The opening of this new office is justified by the need to bring UNHCR’s activities closer to its main beneficiaries, “Kouassi said.
In Cameroon, the Office provides protection and assistance to more than 330,000 refugees and asylum seekers living mostly in the eastern, Adamawa, North and Far North regions. The interventions of this humanitarian organization also target over 235,000 internally displaced people as well as host communities. Minawao camp is home to more than 58,000 Nigerian refugees.