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Cameroon sits at the nexus of three parallel regional and domestic crises that have triggered a marked deterioration in socio-economic and security conditions throughout the country. Refugees, migrants, and Cameroonian host communities are experiencing increasing food insecurity, malnutrition, exposure to protection risks, and general strain on resources and infrastructure.
In the north, the desertification of Lake Chad and the Boko Haram crisis, which originates in neighbouring Nigeria, have devastated local communities, sparking displacement and conflict. Nearly 500,000 people are now displaced in Cameroon’s far north, including 115,000 Nigerian refugees. A further 50,000 Cameroonians have fled into Nigeria.
To the east, refugees have been fleeing the chronically unstable Central African Republic for many years, particularly since the most recent civil conflict began there in 2013. Today Cameroon hosts some 270,000 Central African refugees.
And in the west, longstanding complaints of political and cultural marginalization in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions developed into an armed separatist insurgency in 2017. Some 680,000 Cameroonians and counting are now internally displaced and increasingly vulnerable as a result of this growing conflict, with a majority still lacking essential humanitarian support.
DRC has been present in Cameroon since 2017, implementing humanitarian response programming with Central African refugees and Cameroonian host communities in Adamawa Region and internally displaced Cameroonians in Southwest Region. DRC’s interventions focus on emergency shelter and provision of essential items, protection (including psychosocial support and rights counselling), community development, income generation activities, and school funding and rehabilitation work.
In Adamawa Region, DRC supports community protection committees and local institutions to strengthen their capacities in identifying persons at risk and survivors of human rights violations. DRC works with these local structures to provide assistance to persons in need, including psychosocial support and material assistance to cover basic needs.
In Southwest Region, DRC focuses on protection, child protection, and the provision of emergency shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI). The protection programming delivers psychosocial support, individual protection assistance, protection monitoring, and community-based protection response to crisis affected communities, individuals, and children. Emergency shelter and NFI programming aims to provide humanitarian assistance to crisis affected households who have been forced to flee violence and insecurity.