5 September 2016 marks the beginning of a new school year throughout Cameroon. Aside from 6 million Cameroonian students, who returned to school that day, 14,000 young Central African refugees (against 10,000 last year) will also be attending school this year, particularly in Eastern Cameroon, which has become their host country since the 2013 Central African political crisis.
The new school year in Cameroon is also effective in the Extreme-North region. In this area of the country, which has been facing for several months deadly raids and other crimes from the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram; 1.5 million students officially returned to school on 5 September.
Among these students, there are thousands of Nigerian refugees now established in this area of Cameroon, fleeing from Boko Haram. Officially, school fees for all these refugees students are paid by UNHCR.