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Nigeria orphans flee Boko Haram, settle in Cameroon

06 May 2016, 17:24

Abuja -  Some 2 000 minors orphaned by the Boko Haram crisis have sought refuge in Cameroon, a United States Ambassador to the United Nations said.

Samantha Power, the envoy, disclosed this in New York City, following her recent trip to Cameroon Chad and Nigeria.

The three countries are at the mercy of the Boko Haram crisis sparked by the Nigerian terror group.

“There were 2 000 unaccompanied kids in Cameroon from Nigeria that just were in flight, and lost their parents, or had their parents killed in front of their eyes,” said Power.

Also read: Troops rescue 400 from Boko Haram

She highlighted the plight of one teenage girl who had been forcibly taken hostage for marriage by a Boko Haram sect member.

Power bemoaned the mistrust and stigma suffered by the minors at the refugee camps.

“Part of the reason of course she's (minor) not getting the support that she needs in the camp is because kids are being used a suicide bombers, a wholly new, grotesque device in the nature of terrorism, in the nature of conflict.”

The Boko Haram crisis has displaced over 3 million people and killed 20 000.

- CAJ News


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