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Insurgency, Insecurity: France Offers Nearly FCFA 900 Million For Refugees

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The UN Refugee Agency will use the funds to improve on lives of refugees and displaced persons in Cameroon and Chad. The French government will in the days ahead take its solidarity and humanitarian assistance to another level by offering a supplementary financial contribution of 1.5 million dollars (over FCFA 895 million) to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for assistance to refugees and displaced victims of the Central African crisis and incursions of the sect, Boko Haram.

According to a press release dated March 27, 2015 from the French Embassy in Yaounde, the contribution, which is for the first quarter of 2015, includes the sum of One million dollars (over FCFA 597 million) which shall be provided by France to contribute to its assistance of internally displaced Central Africans and refugees resident in neighbouring countries, including Cameroon.

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More so, the sum of 500,000 dollars (over FCFA 298 million) will be disbursed to UNHCR to contribute to its activities in Chad and Cameroon for assistance to refugees and displaced persons chased from their towns and villages by Boko Haram.

In the following interview, the Ambassador of France to Cameroon, H.E. Christine Robichon, gives the reasons behind the supplementary grant to HCR by France.

George MBELLA

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