Cameroonian Refugee In Cross River Sells 9-month-old Baby For N70k - And Blames Hunger (Photos)
Some of the refugees who said they witnessed the incident spoke of how Claudia has been suffering since she arrived at the camp. Upon interrogation, the woman was said to have blamed her action on hunger and hardship.
“When the police came, said she sold the child because of hardship; that there is no food or anything to feed the child,” Ujom told TheCable.
“That was just before they paid us for July. Then, everywhere was dry. A lot of us have been selling our things and using them to settle debt.”
Ujom’s claim was corroborated by another refugee who said he first met the woman when she had a case with a resident of Ogoja whom she had an affair with.
“A Nigerian had earlier been here to take her to his house, they slept but he did not pay her after their business,” the refugee who declined to give his name told TheCable.
“So she came to report the matter to us, that was when I first saw her and the kid. We were sent to go and bring the man and the matter was later settled.”
Although Irene Ugbo, spokesman of Cross River state police command, told TheCable she was not aware of the incident, the camp coordinator and an official of the state’s SEMA, who said his name is Andy, confirmed the incident but declined to make further comments.
“I know of such case but the police is handling it now,” he told TheCable over the phone on Sunday.
TheCable had reported how some of the refugees complained about the poor living conditions in the settlements and in the communities.
Those in the camps complained that they hardly get aid such as food and money — each refugee is meant to collect N7,200 as cash-based intervention monthly — while those in the host communities said they had been forgotten.
Tony Aseh, UNHCR reporting officer in Ogoja, Cross River, told TheCable the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which oversees the welfare of the refugees, is facing “severe funding gap“.