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UNHCR says funds urgently needed for displaced Cameroonians

ReliefWeb | This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today asking donors for stepped up support for half a million displaced Cameroonians who have survived over a year of ongoing violence in different parts of the country.

Violent clashes in Cameroon between the military and armed separatists over the past thirteen months have forcibly displaced thousands, including across the border into Nigeria.

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. And there are fears now that more people will become displaced over the coming months.

According to UN estimates more than 437,000 people are currently displaced in Cameroon, 246,000 of them in the Southwest Region, 105,000 in the Northwest Region, and 86,000 in the Littoral and West Regions.

Most of these are women and children. And people who become displaced face grave situations whether in Cameroon or Nigeria. Having fled with very little, they are arriving in impoverished host communities where food supplies are strained and with few facilities for health, education, water and sanitation.

As well as causing internal displacement in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, the deadly conflict has also forced over 35,000 Cameroonians to seek asylum in Nigeria. With the fighting continuing, this number is expected to rise.

UNHCR now requires US$184 million for its operations in Cameroon and Nigeria – including US$35.4 million needed urgently for critical life-saving assistance.

In February, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon launched the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) that includes the situation in the South and North West regions. UNHCR activities and related funding requirements for this program in Cameroon are part of the HRP. UNHCR advocates for international support to the plan.

Inside Cameroon, many of the displaced in the Southwest and Northwest Regions are living in overcrowded conditions, without proper shelter or health and sanitation support.

Underfunding and insecurity have restricted protection and assistance activities to affected populations. The safety of women, children, unaccompanied and separated minors, people with disabilities, and lactating and pregnant women are of deep concern to us in light of increased protection incidents and the severe underfunding. The most frequently reported security incidents include destruction of homes and other domestic properties, extortion, torture and inhumane treatment including rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

In Nigeria, refugees are currently being hosted in settlements, and more than 47 villages along the border. There is significant pressure on existing social services, and facilities for health and education. Refugees in settlements are depending on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.

For more information on this topic, please contact:

In Dakar, Romain Desclous, [email protected], +221 786 396 385

In Cameroon, Xavier Bourgois, [email protected], +237 690 049 996

In Geneva, Babar Baloch, [email protected], +41 79 513 9549

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  1. All of this happening, because SC – Ambazonia, must be permanently marginalized,
    so we remain slaves forever and also that the resources of our land, be emptied, to
    satisfy the oligachy in french Cameroon. Like we have stepped up to declare, it will
    not finally, happen. It will take long, many of us will not see that day, but we shall
    arrive and the victory song, shall be song.
    If others can sing, rejoice and build themselves back, why not Ambalanders? The
    BUTCHER of LRC – HE Paul Biya & co,shall pay for it dearly. How is that? Listen:
    In Bosnia, the Serb President, Radovan Karadzic, slaughtered and devaststed his
    people and country in a – 1992 – `95 war. Like in Ambaland where France is the
    mastermined, Bush jr., fooled him with dollars, to kill his own people. And when
    tide turned, he

  2. escaped and hid himself in a small town disguissed as a doctor, keeping a long beard.
    He would eat in a restaurant and for 12 years running, no one knew who he was.
    Then the day of reckoning, came when someone identified him. He was apprehended,
    and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    Today, at 73 years old, a judge has raised his sentence to `life`. HE Biya Paul and Co.
    syndicate, should be waiting. Every score, is settled here on earth. Judgement is what
    happens up there.
    Long time ago and continuously over time, they have refused to listen to others.
    to stop their war and call for an inclussive dialogue. Ha ha, their reliance on the dumb
    military, will not be of any help at that time.
    Some times, humankind, has to put down pride and listen. Allutha Continua. Ambazonia,
    shall be free.

  3. The aid will be embezzled by camerounese leadership

  4. This is really a pathetic situation. I feel so bad each time l read about the miseries people in North ans South West Regions are subjected to. These are a people who had normal life activites and sending their kids to some of the best schools in the country. Now these Regions and its inhabitants have just been made shadows of themselves. My heart bleeds for Cameroon and for Southern Cameroons inparticular. To even think that some people in this forum are in support of the killings, rapes and all other sorts of atrocities makes me feel really sick. No Cameroonian be it Anglophone or Francophone deserves this inhumane treatment that Cameroonians are subjected to. The earlier we clean the house, the better for us .

  5. Equatorial Africans.
    What is sovereign about killing Anglophones?
    USA intervene pronto!
    A man in power since 1975, 44yrs in total.
    Intentionally follows the agenda of France in Cameroon to marginalize, francophonize other blacks Africans, create apartheid type schools in Limbe that cater only to the superior Francophones in Cameroon as Franco-Cameroon agenda.
    Declares war on citizens requesting to use English in classrooms and Courtrooms in Anglophone Cameroon in a constitutionally bilingual country.
    Today 4.5M Anglophones are affected by war
    550,000 internal refugees
    120,000 refugees in Nigeria
    130,000 children no school
    300 villages burnt
    20,000 killed
    10,000 jailed in French Cameroon.
    UN asking for <$200M to feed starving Anglophones.
    Who is fooling who?
    Very Low IQ

  6. Wuna enjoy wuna rice ma pickin dem. Once we go wipe out gaulist and Saxon dem for wa country, na ndolé witi drawing bo-bo-lo ana cow foot wuna go di chop’am, then grater some kola nut liké koko for mek kwakoko, then chuk-chuk’am for inside wa toothless old papa mouths, wey yi put wuna for dis kana blue forsika wa ova loss sense.

    I get nkong for wuna ma pickin dem. Mek when wuna go grow up, mek wuna no fall inside wa trap. Ifi wuna fall for wa trap, then na so wuna own pickin dem go hear bad too. But ah get nkong for wuna. Some of wuna di already wise wa krish.

    Abeg wuna, ma pickin dem, sef da DEVIL trong any how! Mek wuna generation taclé yi, then hang yi for on top sitik. Then chop better eru witi wata fou-fou ana the fattest nyamagoro for celebrate SATAN yi die.

    Ah get nkong 4 wuna…

  7. The National Interest

    Separatists caused more havoc to these people than the regular army

  8. It is sad that in a country where heavyweights in power celebrate their milliards ( billions) stashed in their attics or overseas bank accounts, children are underfed, poorly schooled and left to their own devices, all on the watch of a president who wants to be remembered for ushering democracy, health for all and a contraption called Emergence 2035!
    The one most important bill parliamentarians ever toil over is the budget in which features their emoluments or bonuses.

  9. The likes of Mr Joe Chebongkeng, says those in the bushes like to be there, during one of
    his sunday program press hour. He really is, a cameroonian.

  10. Web controller when are you publishing the news of the USA sanctions metted on the predominantly 27 Beti Bulu genocidaire cabal looting Ambazonia and conducting untold violence, murder and pillaging? Do you even know the UN has started coming in already? You all will be shocked including you Zam-Zam.

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