Refugees across the country have been reassured of a proper care in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The assurances were given by the Head of the UN Refugee Agency in Cameroon, Jean Bosco Rushatsi during a press conference in Yaounde to clarify certain misunderstandings regarding the management of refugee funds.
Last week, a few group of refugees in Douala voiced their dissatisfaction at the management of funds meant for them as part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the head of the Refugee Agency has come out to clear all doubts stressing such outings by the refugees are not justified given that the agency is putting everything in place to satisfy them.
“We decided to give a helping hand to refuges in the urban areas but that is not a salary (as others might want to think). It was not the refugees who decided that they should be given this amount, it was decided by the UNHCR,” Jean Bosco Rushatsi said.
“The spontaneous assistance should not be misconstrued for a salary, it was put in place to the emergency brought about by the outbreak of the Covid-19. The sum of 165 million FCFA was collected for the 400,000 refugees living in the camps,” he added.
As for the distribution of the financial allowance, Jean Bosco Rushatsi said the refugees will soon be receiving the money; FCFA 20.000 for average families and FCFA 30.000 for families with special needs.