Cameroon is a Haven for People Seeking Peace and Safe Refuge…H.E Paul Biya


H.E President Paul Biya ( Head of State: The Republic of Cameroon)

H.E President Paul Biya (Head of State: The Republic of Cameroon), speaking at the Refugee and Migrant Summit during the 71ST Session of The United Nations General Assembly 2016

The Head of State, H.E President Paul Biya has said, Cameroon is a haven for people seeking peace and safe refuge. He was speaking at the Refugee and Migrant Summit during the just ended 71ST Session of The United Nations General Assembly In New York, USA.

President Biya said, “The refugee issue, as we all know, is one of the major challenges of our century” and that the problem is serious. He added that “given the magnitude of this human tragedy which pricks our collective conscience, we have a historic responsibility, namely to take action”. To which he insisted Cameroon will not shirk that responsibility.

Cameroon’s Hospitality and Solidarity

H.E. Biya drew attention to Cameroon’s true tradition of hospitality and solidarity. He pointed out that by virtue of Cameroon’s stability; she is a haven for people seeking peace and safe refuge. To date he explained, Cameroon hosts more than 350 000 refugees of different nationalities. And to cope with this influx the Cameroon Government has taken measures to provide decent living conditions for them.

He drew attention to the fact that in recent years, refugee camps have been set up in collaboration with the UNHCR to settle Nigerian refugees fleeing the atrocities of the Boko Haram sect, and those from the Central African Republic faced with political instability. Minawao Camp alone, for instance, the president revealed hosts over 80,000 Nigerian refugees.

Refugees Social Services

The Government of Cameroon as explained by H.E Biya provide basic social services at all the refugee reception sites alongside friendly countries, the UNHCR and humanitarian organizations. He also said regarding protection, measures have been taken to issue secured identity cards to persons eligible for refugee status. Despite the huge financial impact of implementing these measures, President Biya assured the world that Cameroon will continue with and increase its assistance to refugees and hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in its Far-North Region, who are also fleeing the atrocities of the Boko Haram terrorist organization.

The president concluded by appealing for increased international community support to countries, which like Cameroon, are hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees on their territories. He drew attention to the fact that some areas of Cameroon which are ravaged by terrorism require reconstruction which will require substantial resources.

It should be noted that the 71st Session of The United Nations General Assembly in New York started from the 13th of September  and ends on 26 September 2016.

H.E Paul Biya speaking at the Refugee and Migrant Summit during the 71ST Session of The United Nations General Assembly 2016

H.E Paul Biya speaking at the Refugee and Migrant Summit during the 71ST Session of The United Nations General Assembly 2016

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