The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officially handed over 1,000 birth certificates to people displaced by the December 2021 intercommunal clashes in the Logone-et-Chari division , in the Far North region , on 21 July in Maroua.
OCHA said at the time that about 11,500 were in the Logone-et-Chari division and nearly 3,500 in the Diamaré department. UNHCR says that many of them have lost “vital documents” during the conflicts, including birth certificates, which are needed, for example, to enrol their children in school.
“Part of UNHCR’s response is to facilitate the release of these documents,” the agency says. The aim is for these displaced people to be able to prove their right to citizenship and associated rights, such as the right to stay in the country. Last December’s violence between herders, fishermen and farmers left 44 people dead, more than 100 injured and 112 villages burned, forcing 30,000 people to flee to neighbouring Chad, according to UNHCR.