>> The exhausted latest arrivals in what could amount to tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Cameroon. With violence flaring in parts of the central African country, the UN expects 40,000 people to make this journey, walking for up to three days through bushes and forests, before crossing into Nigeria.
Fighting in the English speaking region of Cameroon has been intensifying. Last year government forces crushed peaceful demonstrations by activists from the area. They were protesting their perceived marginalization by the French speaking majority. The government cracked down fueling support for the separatist movement, which has existed on the fringes of Cameroonian politics for decades.
Separatists have killed at least eight soldiers and policemen over the past month. They want a break from the and French-speaking Cameroon, and form a separate state called Amazonia. Thousands have fled the violence, and sought shelter in villages on the border.>>
> Soldiers came to my village and started shooting indiscriminately.
They shot and they shot. They started invading people's homes. I became afraid that I might be killed.>> The UN fear a refugee crisis could put yet more strain on Nigeria's limited resources, which are struggling to cope with the millions of people displaced by the conflict with militants.