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Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Cameroon gives 235 Nigerians birth certificates in refugee camp

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Nigerian refugees at a campBy Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri with agency report.

Cameroonian authorities have issued birth certificates to more than 235 children born to refugees at the United Nations Camp in Zamay near Maroua in Cameroon.

Executive Director of Stefanos Foundation, Mr. Mark Lipdo, quoting sources in the camp, said the refugees had been in the Cameroonian camp since July, 2013.

However it was not clear if the children were given Nigerian birth certificates or they are to enjoy Cameroonian citizenship.

Mr Lipdo regretted that the activities of Boko Haram have continued to deny future Nigerians of their rightful citizenship.

The Executive Director said, “Today (Tuesday), November 18, Cameroonian authorities issued birth certificates to 235 children born to Nigerian refugees at the UN Camp in Zamay near Maroua in Cameroon since July 2, 2013.

“It is unfortunate that as long as Boko Haram prevails, these generation of Nigerians may never get to know the benefit of their ancestral home.”

 

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