Indeed, the President of the Republic has never visited any camp of refugees since the start of the crisis.
On the sidelines of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) to be held in New York in the United States, Barack Obama held a leaders’ summit on refugees. Invited to the ceremony, Paul Biya held a brief address on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. A speech in which he wished to recall that Cameroon is one of the most affected country by this phenomenon.
“In recent years, the refugee camps were created in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to welcome the Nigerian refugees fleeing the atrocities of Boko Haram and Central Africans face the political instability in their country, “said the Head of State in his speech before continuing:” the only Minawao camp houses more than 80,000 Nigerian refugees. In these reception centers, refugees benefit from access to basic social services provided by the State of Cameroon and partners. “
If Cameroon has already received from partners encouragement and congratulations and support for his exemplary management of refugees, the fact remains that neither Paul Biya nor his wife never took the field to visit such refugees, said Le Messager of Thursday, 22 September 2016. This, neither in the Far North where thousands of Cameroonians and Nigerians have fled the onslaught of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, much less to the east where the Central Africans refuge to escape the sectarian violence in their country. This did not prevent the Head of State to “appeal for increased support from the international community to countries which, like Cameroon, welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees in their territories“, one reads from the newspaper.
As a reminder, the last visit of the presidential couple in the Far North Region dates back in 2012 when people were displaced by flooding of the Logone River, evokes the newspaper.