UNHCR Cameroon Factsheet – November 2018

Cameroon currently has 1,166,842 people of concern, including 271,518 Central African and 101,767 Nigerian refugees.

NFI distributions for IDPs were conducted in the South-West region despite difficulties in accessing certain areas.

Biomtric registration of out-ofcamp Nigerian refugees in the Far North region began on 3 November.

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

UNHCR coordinates protection and assistance for persons of concern in collaboration with:

Government Partners: Ministries of External Relations, Territorial Administration, Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Public Health, Women Empowerment and Family, Social Affairs, Justice, Basic Education, Water and Energy, Youth and Civic Education, the National Employment Fund and others, Secretariat Technique des Organes de Gestion du Statut des refugies.

Implementing Partners: Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA), African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD),

Agence pour le Developpment Economique et Social (ADES), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), FAIRMED, International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), Intersos, International Medical Corps (IMC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Plan International, PremiAre Urgence – Internationale (PUI) and Public Concern.

Operational Partners: ICRC, Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA), ASOL, Red Deporte, IEDA Relief, Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Solidarites International and CARE International.

UN Agencies: WFP, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UN Women, FAO, UNESCO, IOM, UNDP and UNOCHA.

Operational coordination: The response for Central African refugees is managed in line with the Refugee Coordination Model. Sectorial groups have been established by UNHCR, covering the whole operational area. Local authorities have been very engaged in the management of the refugee operation. At the capital-level, UNHCR leads the Multi-Sector Operations Team for the Refugee Response and the national Protection Working Group, and actively participates in other relevant humanitarian coordination mechanisms and the Humanitarian Country Team.

MAIN HIGHLIGHTS

On 20 November, the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon, H.E. Peter Henry Barlerin, accompanied by the Representative of WFP in Cameroon and the Food for Peace Officer of USAID, met with humanitarian actors in Ngaoundere, capital of Adamaoua region. During the discussions, the Ambassador highlighted that the situation of Central African refugees continues to be of concern. Humanitarian actors mentioned the problem of a reduction in financial resources over the years despite ever increasing needs. The security situation in the Central African Republic is not favorable for voluntary return despite the existence of some pendular movements of refugees. We shoud continue to ensure the self-reliance of refugees and host communities through livelihood and cash-based activities.

On 15 November, a European Union (EU) and European Civil Protection and Humanitrain Aid Operations (ECHO) delegation undertook a mission to the Far North region of Cameroon. The delegation met with Nigerian refugee leaders in Minawao camp who exposed the various difficulties they face on a daily basis including, access to firewood, alternative sources of energy, insufficient teaching materials and school supplies, insufficient income-generating activities and vocational training for young people, and insufficient medication. The mission renewed its commitment and support to the refugees of Minawao camp and to efforts already being undertaken, especially in their home country so that they can return in safety and dignity. The mission also visited Gourounguel Transit Center to obtain an insight into the reception and registration process of new arrivals.

The Spanish NGO, EspaAa con ACNUR, (Spain with UNHCR) undertook a mission to Cameroon from 17-23 November. After a briefing in Yaounde on 19 November, the mission continued to Bertoua where they were received by the Governor of the East region. EspaAa con ACNUR, who over the years has been a strong supporter and mobilizer of funds for Central African refugees, arrived in Batouri on 20 November where they met with local authorties and thereafter went on to visit Timagolo refugee site and participated in a ceremony where birth certificates were being issued and provided to the parents of refugees born in the site. From 21-22 November, the mission was able to see and understand activities being carried out by UNHCR and its partners in the refugee sites of Gado (East Adamaoua) and Ngam (Adamaoua region). The purpose of this mission was to obtain a better understanding of the of Central African refugee situation, to assess the impact of partners’ activities and to determine the gaps and needs in order to mobilize additional resources.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign runs annually from 25 November to 10 December. This year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, called for renewed and bold action to better protect refugees and displaced people from sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), in the workplace. In Cameroon, the launch of activities to commemorate the 16 Days, saw the participation of the authorities, refugees, host communities, and partners in the field and urban areas. The campaign period is a critical moment for intensifying our efforts to address the pervasive problem of SGBV in the workplace and its lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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