Some 156 Central African refugees have returned to their country after several years in Cameroon. "This weekend, the repatriated refugees [most of whom were in Cameroon since 2014] left Cameroon for Baoro and Berberati," the UNHCR West and Central Africa tweeted.
The repatriation of this group that includes about 100 children began three months ago. However, it was interrupted because of the post-election violence in CAR. Indeed, due to that violence, the group stopped at the border post between Cameroon and the CAR.
With the improved security conditions in their regions and on the roads they should pass through, they will return home safely and in time for Ramadan, Turkish news agency Anadolu reports.
More repatriation operations are expected in the coming months in the framework of the voluntary repatriation program. In 2020, about 5,000 central African refugees returned home after years in Cameroon and in the two Congos but the recent violence in their native country caused a temporary suspension of the voluntary program.
With the resurgence of violence in the CAR (starting in December 2020), more refugees are arriving from the neighboring country. According to the UNHCR, this month, about 5,000 central African refugees have penetrated the Cameroonian territory.
Vanessa Ngono Atangana