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10 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

GAROUA, CAMEROON — Cameroon says its northern border with Nigeria and Chad and most of the Lake Chad basin face a food crisis because of desertification and the Boko Haram conflict that stopped farmers from doing their work.

20 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

December 20, 2017 1:37 PM
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Scientists warn a campaign to eradicate polio in central Africa is falling short because of upheaval in the Lake Chad Basin area, where the Boko Haram militant group remains active. On the positive side, on country – Gabon - has been declared polio-free.

12 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Salihu Garba
Haruna Dauda

Three years ago, at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian soldiers stopped all fishing activities in the country's section of Lake Chad. Militants had infiltrated the ranks of the fishermen, the army said, and were using the guise to fund arms purchases and launch surprise attacks on innocent people.

The local fishermen's union said it understood the army's actions but pushed for an easing of the ban, because its members had no other way to earn a living in the largely dry and remote area.

28 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Cameroon's military said Saturday that its forces had freed several hundred hostages and killed about 100 Boko Haram militants in a joint operation with Nigerian troops.

Military commanders said the combined force also had liberated the northeastern Nigerian town of Kumahe, near the Cameroonian border, during a three-day operation against the militant group.

The Reuters news agency quoted Cameroonian Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary as saying two Cameroon soldiers had been killed and five others wounded.

10 Sep 2015 description
report Voice of America

GENEVA— The World Food Program (WFP) says it is scaling up aid for hundreds of thousands of hungry people, many severely malnourished, who have fled to Chad, Niger and Cameroon to escape attacks by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria.

According to the WFP, nearly three quarters of a million people in countries bordering Nigeria are facing a worsening food crisis linked to increased violence by Boko Haram militants.

WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher told VOA that recent attacks have led to a sudden surge of internally displaced people and refugees.

17 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE— Central African leaders on Monday called for creation of a special fund to help countries affected by Boko Haram.

Meeting in Cameroon’s capital, leaders discussed details of the regional force being deployed to combat the Nigerian insurgents, who have extended attacks to Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Voice of America

Anne Look
January 22, 2015 12:27 PM

DAKAR, SENEGAL— Nigeria’s electoral commission is scrambling to find ways that will allow approximately 1 million people displaced by Boko Haram-related violence to vote in the February elections.

The independent commission says voters displaced by fighting in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states can pick up their voter cards at designated centers and refugee camps, many of them located in the state capitals. Those locations are also where displaced voters will be able to cast their ballots.

23 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka October 21, 2014 8:52 AM

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— The United Nations said it is assisting six Central African countries in organizing synchronized vaccinations after Cameroon reported a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory.

Four wild polio virus cases have been reported in Cameroon's neighbor to the south, Equatorial Guinea, this year.

26 May 2014 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE — Cameroon and Chad have sent a thousand troops to their borders with Nigeria to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram. The troops were deployed shortly after leaders from the two countries met in Yaounde and declared war against the violent group.

07 Mar 2014 description
report Voice of America

Peter Clottey March 06, 2014

An African Union official says the organization’s Mission to Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) has launched a cooperation initiative with countries in the Sahel to combat terrorism as part of efforts to stabilize the region.

23 Oct 2013 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

October 22, 2013

GENEVA — The United Nations says it is working on an integrated strategy to deal with the recurring crises in Africa's Sahel region. The U.N. says new approaches are needed to make vulnerable people in the nine Sahelian countries able to cope with the humanitarian emergencies that keep them in poverty and dependent on the international community for aid.

13 Jun 2013 description
report Voice of America

DAKAR, SENEGAL — As the rainy season begins in West and Central Africa, meteorological experts are warning of above average rainfall, flash floods and overflowing rivers in the western Sahel. Aid agencies say that early preparation is key to reducing the risks associated with such natural disasters, as well as building up people’s resilience to deal with the aftermath.

Experts from the African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) say that rainfall in West and Central Africa could exceed 130 percent of normal precipitation this year.

21 May 2013 description
report Voice of America

Emergency water supplies are being rushed to southeastern Chad where about 50-thousand people have fled fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region. Several Arab tribes have been battling for control of mining operations there.

Listen to De Capua report on Darfur displaced

The refugees and migrants have been gathering around the village of Tissi since January. Felix Leger is the country director for the International Rescue Committee.

26 Nov 2012 description
report Voice of America

Unpredictable and deadly: that’s been the weather in Central Africa so far this year.

The erratic start of the rainy season and a fear of drought have led farmers in northern Cameroon to plant their crops several times. Eastwards across the border in neighboring Chad, floods swept away numerous homes and worsened a cholera outbreak.

Experts say the absence of early warning systems increases the effects of climate fluctuation on the poor.

28 Aug 2012 description
report Voice of America

GENEVA – The World Health Organization reports Guinea Worm disease, which has plagued people for thousands of years, is on the verge of eradication.

The U.N. agency says fewer than 400 cases of the infectious parasitic disease exist in four African countries, and that it will soon become only the second, after smallpox, to be wiped off the face of the earth.

A third contender for eradication is polio.

07 Jun 2012 description
report Voice of America

The fight against hunger in the Sahel region continues as the World Food Program, WFP, and its partners are vigorously responding with humanitarian assistance to reach more than nine million people.

Consecutive droughts over the past three years have been ravaging the region, giving people no time to recover or grow food.

18 Oct 2011 description
report Voice of America

Scott Stearns | Dakar

More than 85,000 cases of cholera in West and Central Africa are making this one of the region's most severe epidemics in recent memory.

Three simultaneous cross-border outbreaks are affecting people in two dozen countries along the coast from Guinea, and in the Lake Chad basin to the West Congo basin and around Lake Tanganyika. The World Health Organization says fatality rates in parts of Cameroon have topped 20 percent.

15 Sep 2011 description
report Voice of America

A senior U.N. official says Chad faces daunting food security and health challenges. Despite this, he says the peace and growing stability in Chad bodes well for the country’s future.

U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad Thomas Gurtner says Chad faces critical challenges, but also opportunities. He says about 1.5 million people in the Sahel zone do not have enough to eat. He says global acute malnutrition rates among children under five are more than 20 percent in most areas.

12 Sep 2011 description
report Voice of America

Anne Look | Dakar

International aid workers say West and Central Africa are in the grips of a regional cholera epidemic that has been aggravated by heavy rains and flooding.

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, nearly 40,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria this year. The U.N. says the disease has killed nearly 1,200 people in those countries surrounding the Lake Chad Basin.

18 Aug 2011 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein | Geneva

An inter-agency assessment mission to the remote southeastern Libyan town of Al-Kufrah has found around 3,000 to 4,000 African migrants living under horrific conditions in a camp on the outskirts of the town. The U.N. and private aid agencies on the mission report the mainly Chadian and Sudanese migrants have no basic services, are subject to theft and physical assault and are desperate to leave.

Desperate need