Nigerian refugees give birth to 45 children every month at the Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon, aid agencies have said. Most of the children do not have official birth certificates.
The government of Cameroon and the United Nations agency – the United Nations High Commission for Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) – have begun issuing the children birth certificates with the hope the Nigerian government will accept them when the refugees return.
According to Cameroonian authorities, sno fewer than 1000 of such babies have been issued with birth certificates. Isaak Luka, leader of the group of Nigerian refugees at the Minawao camp in northern Cameroon, expressed gratitude to the aid agencies for helping to establish birth certificates for their new born babies.
Luka said: “We are very grateful because our children will benefit their civic rights. We thank the government of Cameroon and the head of the refugee agency partners and the different UN agencies, without neglecting Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the Cameroonian government for the attention they reserve for us.”