More than 4,000 Anglophone Cameroonian refugees, many of them women and children, are starving in Taraba State, SaharaReporters can report.

The refugees, camped in various local government areas of the State are presently suffering due to lack of  basic human necessities like food, drugs and shelter.

Lamenting that their country is not yet safe enough to return home, the refugees state that "it seems we're trapped between the cliff and the well".

They, therefore, appealed to the Nigerian government, international donors and other public-spirited individuals to look into their plight.

Narrating his experience to SaharaReporters, Dominique Amah said: "Life has not been easy with us, especially concerning food, health situation; even to go to the toilet is a problem here and many children have been infected with water-borne diseases, like cholera here.

"Despite that, we want to appreciate the Chairman of Kurmi Local Government, because they brought some assistance to us. But as Oliver Twist says, 'it is not enough'.

"We still need humanitarian gestures from international organisations, such as WHO, UNICEF and NGOs, to assist us, because we are really suffering."

Hassan Karma, Chairman of Kurmi Local Government, one of the host communities, said the state and local governments could no longer cope with the situation.

"When these people came here, we contacted the Nigerian Red Cross. Thereafter, we relayed the matter to the Executive Governor of Taraba State and he ordered the State Emergency Management Agency to send in food relief materials to supplement their hardship.

"He also ordered the Commissioner of Health to supply drugs and I personally distributed the drugs to the refugees. But I can confirm to you that Taraba State alone cannot bear this burden," he said.

Taraba State, which continues to receive refugees from the the troubled English Speaking Southern Cameroon, borders Cameroon Republic from the south-western axis. And as at today, the state plays host to about 4,000 refugees.

In October last year, a number of pro-independence leaders exiled themselves to neighbouring Nigeria. There, they established the provisional government of Ambazonia, the name under which they hoped independent southern Cameroon would be known. 47 of the leaders, including President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, were arrested and extradited to Cameroon, where they are held in custody while their trial is pending.

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