27 February 2015
The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 - 15 was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 17 February 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 13 November 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic.
16,000 ARRIVE FROM NIGERIA
Around 16,000 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram attacks recently crossed into Cameroonian border villages. UNHCR, its local partners and the authorities in the Far North Region are planning to transfer them to Minawao camp, the main refugee settlement in the region. Cameroon’s Far North region is already hosting some 50,000 refugees and 117,000 people in the Far North Region.
588 DISPLACED AFTER ATTACK
General Situation during February 2015 Forecast until mid-April 2015
Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.
DAKAR, Senegal, March 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that some 16,000 Nigerian refugees fled to Cameroon's Far North region over the weekend to escape clashes in north-east Nigeria between regional military forces and insurgents.
1. Key Findings
HIGHLIGHTS - Ex- and former presidents of CAR signal support for the country’s peace process - Demonstrations in Ouaka Prefecture’s Bambari town in mid-February result in six deaths - Humanitarian organizations continue to provide IDPs in Batangafo town, Ouham Prefecture, with emergency relief supplies
HUMANITARIAN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (HIP)
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, CAMEROON
AMOUNT: EUR 55 803 4601
- MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
The humanitarian and security situation in Cameroon has been steadily deteriorating since the beginning of 2015 with reports of killings, abductions and brutal violence in the country's Far North region near the border with Nigeria.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General:
The Secretary-General reiterates his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The abduction and use of children, including as “suicide bombers”, is particularly abhorrent.
Geneva, 27 February 2015
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
The draft concept of operations (CONOPS) for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) set up to fight Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria and its border regions is to be reviewed by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) in the course of this week.
IDPs Begin to Return Home
Displaced populations in the country’s western Olodio locality and other areas are gradually returning to their villages despite lingering insecurity. Some 3,000 people fled their homes following armed attacks on Dahioké, Grabo and Irato areas in January. Humanitarian actors are assessing the possibility of food distributions in communities of return.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the press, for giving me this opportunity to brief you on my recent visit to the Central African Republic and Cameroon. I did this visit jointly with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, and also with ECHO’s Director of Operations, Mr. Jean-Louis de Brouwer.
Our aim was to help focus the global spotlight on the complex and tragic humanitarian emergency that continues in the CAR and its impact on neighbouring Cameroon.
Snapshot 18-24 February 2015
Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.