The United Nations and its partners visit projects in the East Region of Cameroon

The UN Representatives and partners discussing with beneficiaries of an HCR project

The humanitarian crisis in the eastern Region is still a reality and requires immediate and longer term support

 

Yaounde, September 18 2017: Representatives of the United Nations in Cameroon, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, and diplomatic and technical cooperation partners, will travel to the East Region from 19-20 September 2017, for a joint visit of projects implemented for Central Africa Republic refugees and their Cameroonian host populations of Garoua Boulaï, Abo Boutilla and Gado.

Since 2014, the East Region of Cameroon has been faced with a humanitarian situation due to the massive influx of Central African Refugees. To date, the East, Adamawa and North Regions have received over 230,000 Central African refugees. 70% of them live ling with host population while 30% are in camps. Such a large number of refugees places an additional burden on the already overstretched local resources.

While the Central African situation remains highly volatile, resulting in the continued arrival of refugees into Cameroon, financial resources provided to support the needs on the ground are fast decreasing.  As a result, interventions supported and implemented by United Nations Agencies have been curtailed.

This has led to reduced access to basic social services such as health, nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene, education, protection, food assistance and self-reliance of refugees.  

The East Region is one of the most vulnerable of the country, facing an unprecedented humanitarian situation compounded by already high levels of poverty. The actions and programmes of the United Nations, made possible through the support of its partners, aim to support the recovery of this region through humanitarian and development action.

This visit will provide an opportunity to evaluate on-going needs and review mid to long term perspectives aimed at promoting the recovery and resilience of the people of the East region.

 

For more information, please contact:

UNICEF: Brigitte Helali, Chief Partnership, Advocacy and communication; Email: bhelali@unicef.org; Phone. 690 031 739

UNHCR: Raissa Ngou, Reporting Assistant, Email : ngou@unhcr.org; Phone 693 017 380

WFP: Sofia Engdahl, Reports and Communication Officer, Email : sofia.engdahl@fp.org Phone. 690 308 963

UNFPA: Jeannette Kamdem, Email: kamdem@unfpa.org

Office of the Resident Coordinator: Bibiane Mouangue, Communication Analyst; Phone: 690 20 69 42 : Email : bibiane.mouangue@one.un.org