This strategy is designed to provide immediate to medium term protection and assistance to Cameroonian refugees fleeing crises in the South-West and North-West regions of Cameroon.
The strategy is informed by the findings of several needs assessments conducted by UNHCR and Partners, and is guided by regional priorities and the High Commissioner’s 5 core directions in imparting UNHCR’s international protection mandate. These are: to protect and respond effectively to emergency situations; include Persons of Concern into local systems and communities; empower persons of concern to participate in decisions affecting them and endeavour to solve their problems as much as practicable.
The strategic objectives and interventions of the strategy are as follows:
Enhancing access to asylum through monitoring and advocacy, recalling the fundamental principle of non-refoulement and States international obligations;
Preserving the civilian and humanitarian character of asylum;
Registration and documentation of all refugees in a manner that enhances their protection,
Relocation away from the border areas to new refugee sites
Protection of vulnerable groups including women and children (protection against sexual violence, abuse and exploitation)
Promoting co-existence with host communities through community based interventions
Ensuring access to essential services (Food, shelter, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, education) to all refugees.
Instituting measures to prevent and reduce Statelessness
Promoting self-reliance and livelihoods through Cash-Based Interventions (CBIs)
Exploring durable solution options
As the crisis between the authorities in the majority francophone Cameroon and English-speaking protesters in the North West and South West Cameroon continues, tens of thousands of Anglophone-Cameroonians have been forced to flee their homes to seek refuge in neighbouring Nigeria. As of 8 May 2018, the Government of Nigeria with support from UNHCR has registered 21,291 Cameroonian refugees of which children make up about 50% of the population. These refugees are currently located in four states – Cross River 17,003, Benue 3,525, Akwa Ibon 197 and Taraba 584.
This strategy will be implemented in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including the Government of Nigeria – both at the Federal and State levels, national and international organisations, civil society organisations (CSOs), refugees, local communities, etc. The implementation will be monitored by relevant stakeholders and reviewed periodically to assess its continuing need.
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees