UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, regret the death of eight Cameroonian refugees in Ikom, Cross River State. According to information communicated by the authorities in Ikom, the refugees were found dead after fumes from a generator had filled the room in which they were staying.
"We are saddened by the loss of lives. "Any loss of life is a tragedy, and it is heartbreaking when it happens to those who were fleeing for safety", said Boubacar Bamba, UNHCR Assistant Representative, Operations in Nigeria.
UNHCR, through its office in Ikom, is working with the authorities and stands ready to assist the surviving members of the families, as well as the members of the refugee community affected by this tragedy.
Anglophone Cameroonians began fleeing violence in September 2017 and sought refuge in Nigeria's Cross River, Taraba, Benue and Akwa-Ibom states. In total, 21,291 refugees have been registered in the area. Women and children account for 80% of the population.