STORY: CAMEROON / NIGERIAN REFUGEES
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / KANURI / NATS
DATELINE: 1-4 FEBRUARY 2019, GOURA, MAKARY DISTRICT, CAMEROON
1-4 FEBRUARY 2019, GOURA, MAKARY DISTRICT, CAMEROON
1. Drone shot, Goura refugee camp
2. Wide shot, refugees waiting in line at water point
3. Wide shot, Goura refugee camp
4. Wide shot, refugees waiting in line at food distribution
5. Wide shot, refugee children next to their tent
6. Tracking shot, Amma Zarama Hamat, Nigerian refugee
7. Wide shot, Hamat entering her tent
8. Wide shot, Hamat sitting in the tent with her children
9. SOUNDBITE (Kanuri) Hamat, Nigerian refugee:
“I can’t ever go back there. I barely escaped with my life. I lost my first-born son. Now I’m here and I can’t leave. I will die here in Cameroon.”
10. Wide shot, UNHCR and partner aid workers
11. Close up, refugee
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Geert Van de Casteele, Assistant Representative Cameroon, UNHCR:
“They told us that they won’t go back. They don’t feel secure.”
13. Wide shot, refugee tent
14. Close up, baby of Mariam Adoum, Nigerian refugee
15. SOUNDBITE (Kanuri) Adoum, Nigerian refugee:
“We came with nothing. We need milk and proper shelter. My baby will grow up here. We don’t have a choice.”
16. Close up, Adoum’s baby
17. Wide shot, water point
18. Med shot, water point
19. Med shot, refugees and UNHCR and its partner aid workers
20. Med shot, refugees and UNHCR and its partner aid workers
21. Wide shot, refugees building structure
1-4 FEBRUARY 2019, EL BEÏD RIVER, MAKARY DISTRICT, CAMEROON
22. Drone shot, refugees walking through river
23. Wide shot, refugee women carrying wood
24. Wide shot, refugee women carrying wood as they walk through the river
Boko Haram violence has driven more than 35,000 Nigerian refugees from their homes in Borno Sate to Goura in Cameroon’s Makary district, where they endure difficult living conditions. Many have sought refuge in Cameroon before; thousands more have been displaced several times inside Nigeria. Staff of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) are working to aid affected families, but the agency warns that their needs are massive.
Over the course of just two weeks, nearly half of Nigeria’s border town of Rann fled deadly attacks by Boko Haram to seek safety in Cameroon.
Forty-year old refugee Amma Zarama Hamat, who lost her first-born son to the violence, said she barely escaped with her life.
UNHCR and its partners are providing food, water, shelter and protection to the most vulnerable but say much more is needed to meet needs. Geert Van de Casteele, UNHCR Assistant Representative Cameroon, said, “They told us that they won’t go back. They don’t feel secure.”
Refugee Mariam Adoum, who recently gave birth, affirmed that returning to Nigeria was not an option. She said, “My baby will grow up here. We don’t have a choice.”
Together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners, UNHCR, has launched an appeal for $135 million to help the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the worsening Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region.
The agency called for urgent action to support Cameroon, praising its lifesaving open-door policy for refugees. The agency also warned that with funding at a trickle, the future of those affected by violence remains uncertain.