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International – Cameroon deports Nigerian Christians

January 2018

Cameroon has deported more than 100,000 Nigerian refugees, most of whom identify as Christian.

​According to a report from Barnabas Fund, citing Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports: since 2015 Cameroon has forcefully deported over 100,000 Nigerian refugees who had escaped into Cameroon fleeing Boko Haram Islamist violence.

One of the deportees said of the Cameroonian soldiers, ‘They humiliated us like animals and beat us like we were slaves. HRW also reported how the Cameroonian army often accuses the refugees of being Boko Haram militants in disguise, and the women of being ‘Boko Haram wives’.

According to the UN High Commission on Refugees, Cameroon’s actions violate the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The commission has called on the government to honour its obligations, but Cameroon has rejected these accusations and claims the Nigerians willingly returned to their home country.