US$300 million to ease Cameroon Boko Haram disaster
From ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – HUMANITARIAN agencies have doubled their budgets in line with the increasing number of people left vulnerable by the Boko Haram.
The Office for the United Nations Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs requires more than US$300 million to ease the burden of millions suffering from the conflict, food insecurity, malnutrition, natural disasters and epidemics.
Since 2014, humanitarian needs are increasing in the four priority regions and especially in the far north of the country, Cameroon is confronted with a triple humanitarian crisis, complex and unprecedented.
In 2017, the number of people requiring humanitarian aid is reaching 3 million, including 360 000 refugees and 2,5 million Cameroonians, including 199,000 internally displaced persons.
Escalating attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and inside Cameroon have forced thousands of Nigerian refugees and Cameroonians from neighboring villages to flee.
Najat Rochdi, Humanitarian Coordinator, said most of the host families were already in a precarious situation.
Internal displacement has grown at an alarming rate reaching 199 000 people in October 2016.
Some were abducted or forcibly recruited.
“Thousands of women, men and children are traumatized by what they have lived through and have been subjected to abuse and violence in a context of growing insecurity,” said Rochdi.
To date, 2,6 million people are food insecure at crisis and / or emergency levels, 8 percent more than in 2016.
Rochdi called for an increase in their operational capacity mainly in the Far North where the number of players was insufficient to meet the needs of thousands of refugees and host communities.
– CAJ News
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