By Andrew Nsoseka
The Africa Now Foundation has donated relief items to Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria.
The aid is to enable the displaced persons commemorate Christmas and New Year without stress.
The donation at Ogoja, Nigeria, on December 10, by the Africa Now Foundation is among the latest received by Cameroonian refugees, who are fleeing the war in the English-speaking Regions of Cameroon.
In a humanitarian gesture, the Africa Now Foundation of Africa’s leading Oil and Gas of lawyer NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group donated relief materials worth over thousands of dollars to the hundreds of Cameroonian refugees who are now living in the Adagom Resettlement site in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State, Nigeria.
Remi Oyasanya, Zonal Coordinator of South-South Region, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internal Displaced Persons, took the materials alongside the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Cross Rivers State Emergency Management Agency in the presence of thousands of the refugees.
In appreciation, Oyasanya said: “this is most impressive and undoubtedly the largest single donation we have received in years”.
In a press statement issued by APO Group on behalf of Africa Now, it was revealed that the materials donated included children school chairs, mattresses, pillows, blankets, buckets, Indomie Noodles, slippers, water bottles, sachets of packaged tomato paste, salt, spices, cooking oil; children school tables and a desktop computer.
“In the spirit of Christmas, the foundation also donated soft drinks of different brands, biscuits, wafers, and sweets that could reach over 2,000 people,” the press statement read.
“We are committed to doing more as a foundation; because they deserve all the love and support we can show to them to mitigate their daily ordeals. They don’t deserve to be in refugee camps during Christmas. It is wrong and immoral,” NJ Ayuk said, while urging Governments in West and Central Africa to do everything to end hostilities in the Sub-region.
He further stated that “the reasons for so much suffering coming out of this Anglophone Crisis are complex and varied. It is important that everyone really sees a need for an all-inclusive dialogue that cultivates a true respect for everyone in Cameroon and the Diaspora…
“As a Foundation, we believe we have an obligation to work with the good minded people of the UNHCR, and others to seek out ways to foster this life-saving dialogue and provide support to so many that have been made refugees against their will. We are thankful to the Nigerian authorities and the UNHCR who did everything to facilitate our work.”
The Africa Now Foundation is a humanitarian organisation, whose initiatives and works are bent towards; feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, burying the dead and giving alms to the poor.
The situation surrounding the welfare of refugees created by the Crisis, has been precarious due to lack of basic needs.
For internally displaced, relatives have been taking care of them, even though some of them are trapped in forests because of continuous gun battles between pro-independence fighters and Government forces. Calls for dialogue as a way out of the crisis are repeatedly being rebuffed as the situation degenerates.