In the French-speaking part of Cameroon, life is normal and President Paul Biya just got a seventh term in office.

But in the English-speaking region, there is war and chaos and the people are fleeing to Nigeria to seek refuge.

On Friday, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR said the number of Cameroonians fleeing violence and seeking refuge in Nigeria has crossed the 30,000-mark.

Mr Babar Baloch, a spokesperson for UNHCR, said that the needs on the ground to cater for the refugees in Nigeria were outpacing donor efforts.

Baloch said reports indicated that scores of people had been killed in English-speaking areas of Cameroon and thousands forced from their homes, including many who have sought refuge in Nigeria.

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He said the situation was particularly worrying for women and children – accounting for close to 80% of arrivals – and most refugees are sheltering in Nigeria’s south eastern areas, hosted by local communities.

The UNHCR boss said the refugee agency was facilitating voluntary relocation of refugees to settlements in Cross River and Benue provinces, which provide better security, shelter and access to essential services.

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