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Cameroon Humanitarian Bulletin Issue N°23 | August 2021

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Since April 2020, over 19 incidents of abductions involving humanitarians were reported in the North-West and South-West regions.

  • More than 2,400 people were affected by floods in the Mayo-Sava, Far North region in July.

  • Over 24,460 people were displaced in the Logone et Chari, Far North region in August because of intercommunity tensions.

WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY 2021: THE IMMEDIATE HUMAN COST OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS

The World Humanitarian Day was established in 2003 in memory of the victims of the attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people, including the United Nations Special Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. The celebration is an opportunity to highlight the work of humanitarian personnel.

The World Humanitarian Day has evolved over years into a global campaign to raise awareness and call for action for the survival, well-being, and dignity of populations affected by crises.

In 2021, the focus was on climate change, aiming to draw attention to the immediate consequences for the most vulnerable populations.

In Cameroon, the World Humanitarian Day was celebrated from 14 to 19 August in Yaounde, Maroua, Kousseri, Buea and Bamenda towns in the Centre, Far North, North-West and South-West regions. While the rest of the country was commemorating this day under the climate change theme, in the North-West and South-West regions, humanitarians chose the theme “Humanitarians are not a target”, to highlight the difficult context under which they assist affected populations. The hashtag #NotATarget echoes the UN Secretary-General’s call to respect humanitarian workers and the protection of civilians in crisis zones.

Humanitarian partners together with local administration officials organized awareness raising and reflection activities around the theme of the day. More than 700 people participated in the activities country wide.

The last 16 months have been marked by an increase in the number of attacks against humanitarian workers in the North-West and South-West regions, with over 19 incidents of abductions involving humanitarians staff reported.

Floods affected more than 18,400 people in the Far-North, Littoral and South-West regions; and the drought has particularly affected the Far-North region increasingly exacerbating food insecurity in the region.

In July 2021 only, floods have affected more than 2,400 people in the Mayo-Sava division in the Far North region. They caused the death of three people, the destruction of food stocks, the collapse of more than 360 houses, and the deterioration of bridges and roads.

United Nations (UN) agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are reinforcing environmental sustainability through the greening of the humanitarian aid, prevention and response to risks and disasters. They are implementing projects to strengthen resilience of displaced communities in the Far North and providing WASH, shelter, and food assistance to people affected by floods. However, “beyond food security, the climate also has a significant impact on humanitarian access,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim, Mr. Olivier Beer. “Poor weather conditions often delay the delivery of vital aid and put humanitarian workers at risk. This is particularly significant in the Far North region where heavy rains and flooding are making it increasingly difficult to provide a rapid and timely humanitarian response,” he added.

The climate crisis is further exacerbating the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable. According to the 2021 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 4.4 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Cameroon.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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