Despite borders closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 124 stranded Cameroon citizens in Niger safely returned home last week with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM chartered a flight for the 124 Cameroonians.
This adds to the total of over 6,000 stranded migrants who safely returned to their communities of origin throughout the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund launched specifically to enhance migrant protection and assistance operations in West Africa.
The 124 returned Cameroon citizens had been stranded in Niger over various months due to border closures in place to limit the spread of the disease across West and Central Africa.
“We are happy to welcome these young Cameroonians home, and hope that the assistance we will offer them will help them rebuild their lives in dignity,” stated IOM Chief of Mission in Cameroon, Boubacar Seybou.
In cooperation with the Governments of Niger and Cameroon, International Organization for Migration negotiated the opening of a humanitarian corridor to allow the Cameroonians to return home so they can reunite with their families.