Thousands Flee To Chad From Cameroon Due To Ethnic Conflicts

Thousands Flee To Chad From Cameroon Due To Ethnic Conflicts
Thousands Flee To Chad From Cameroon Due To Ethnic Conflicts

 

The UN said that as many as 10,000 people, mostly women, and children, fled Chad from northern Cameroon this week following deadly clashes between herding and fishing communities.

Twelve people have been killed and dozens injured in the violence that erupted on Tuesday in the Far North region, tossing a tongue of land between Nigeria in the west and Chad in the east.

“The urgent needs are for health services, shelter, and food,” said Iris Blom, UN refugee agency deputy director in Chad.

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She said 85 percent of the refugees who fled to Oundouma, south of the Chadian capital N’Djamena, were women and children The fighting in Cameroon began when Muslims built perennials to drain water to help them catch fish, in a place where ethnic Arab Choa shepherds also take their cattle for water, according to regional governor Midjiyawa Bakari.

Conflicts between ethnic groups are rare in Cameroon but often in Chad and Nigeria, especially between sedentary farmers and semi-nomadic shepherds.

In Chad, the local governor said the authorities were moving to ensure that the conflict did not cross the border into Cameroon Chari-Baguirmi Governor Gayang Souare said some of the refugees were placed with families, others were accommodated in schools and churches Cameroon’s Far North is also battling cross-border attacks by jihadists from northeastern Nigeria.