A first group of refugees left Cameroon last week to return home. These 410 people, the first contingent to return to the Central African Republic, should pave the way for another 6,000 voluntary returnees.
For the first time since the beginning of the crisis in Central Africa, a convoy of Central African refugees in Cameroon has been repatriated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said Friday the UNHCR in a statement.
For Buti Kalé, the UNHCR representative in Bangui, their return speaks volumes about security in the west of the Central African Republic, attributable to the presence of peacekeepers, among others. « The two prefectures where this repatriation operation was launched, Nana-Mambéré and Mambéré-Kadéï are two prefectures that enjoy relative security. They are counted in the green zones. We have teams that have been working in this part of the country for a while and are doing the monitoring in terms of security. But there is also a very strong presence of the peacekeeping mission, Minusca. There is also increasing deployment of the internal security forces and armed forces of the Central African Republic to further stabilize the situation that would encourage people to be confident of returning home. «
After the departure of the 6,000 repatriated volunteers, who are expected to return to the west of the Central African Republic, there will still be about 270,000 Central African refugees in Cameroon.