You can download the Full Humanitarian Response Plan for Cameroon HERE
Here with the introduction to the plan in its entirety by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon.
Humanitarian needs in Cameroon have never been greater. Today, 4.3 million people need humanitarian assistance, one in five, with women and children being the most vulnerable. An increase of more than 30% compared to 2018, which affects almost the entire Cameroonian territory (8 regions out of 10).
In the South-West and North-West in particular, we have witnessed the emergence of a new crisis characterized by numerous abuses and violations of human rights. More than half a million people have been displaced, civilians and basic facilities have been repeatedly targeted. The consequences on the education system, health and agricultural production are terrible.
The crisis in the Far North, where nearly half a million people are still displaced, is also far from over. We are witnessing an upsurge in violence which has already forced 35,000 people to flee their villages in eastern Nigeria and find refuge in Cameroon.
In the East, North and Adamaoua, the prospects for return for the 252,000 Central African refugees are still slim. They too require our support and renewed efforts to promote their resilience within host communities.
Three crises with different causes and impacts. Needs that range from immediate life-saving to protracted recovery. Response strategies that must be adapted and built around these different contexts and vulnerabilities.
Fortunately, the Cameroonian people continue to show enormous generosity in the face of humanitarian distress. Thousands of families in Makary, Amchidé or Limbé have opened their homes to those who have fled conflict, sharing already very limited resources. In difficult and sometimes hostile environments, humanitarian workers work tirelessly to provide assistance to those in need.
Humanitarian actors must have safe, sustainable and unhindered access to populations in need across the country. I therefore call on all to recognize the importance of the protection of civilians and to uphold humanitarian access.
Protection, food security, access to health care, education and other basic services are our priority. We need $299 million to help the 2.3 million most vulnerable women, girls, men and boys; a million more than in 2018.
In 2019, affected populations in Cameroon remain our primary partner and we will ensure their participation to guide the planning and implementation of interventions, as well as the monitoring of the response. In this way, we wish to extend the existing networks of protection against sexual exploitation and abuse in Maroua and Yaoundé, to the North-West and South-West regions.
We will also continue to coordinate humanitarian activities with the Government of Cameroon, recognizing that the primary responsibility for the protection of populations lies with the Government. This means establishing timely coordination mechanisms and strengthening accountability, without duplication and in accordance with humanitarian principles.
Our partnership with local actors, who are on the frontline of our relief efforts, will also be at the heart of our interventions and capacity building efforts.
Finally, I salute the generosity of our donors, without whom we could not help hundreds of thousands of people to survive and recover. Yet in 2018 the humanitarian response in Cameroon was the least funded in Africa. At the beginning of this year, I appeal to everyone to redouble their efforts and support our response plan for the people of Cameroon. A peaceful Cameroon, where no one is left behind, is not only essential for the country’s development, but also vital for the stability of the sub-region.