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UNHCR Cameroon Factsheet - April 2017

Situation Report
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278,136 From Central African Republic registered by UNHCR, of which 259,145 refugees in rural areas of East, Adamawa and North regions, and 18,991 in the urban areas of Yaounde and Douala

93,422 Nigerian refugees in the Far North region (of which 62,829 have been registered in Minawao camp)

223,642 Internally Displaced Persons in the Far North region (sources: DTM by IOM as of March 2017 and UNHCR protect


UNHCR coordinates protection and assistance for refugees in collaboration with:

  • Government Partners: Ministries of External Relations, Territorial Administration and Decentralization, 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, Secrétariat Technique des Organes de Gestion du Statut des réfugiés.

  • Implementing Partners:, Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA), African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD), Agence pour le Développment Economique et Social (ADES), CAMWATER, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), FAIRMED, International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), InterSos, International Medical Corps (IMC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Plan International, Première Urgence - Internationale (PUI) and Public Concern.

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


  • Operational coordination: In accordance with the “Joint OCHA-UNHCR Note on Mixed Situations – Coordination in Practice” the responsibility to coordinate the overall humanitarian response in the Far North has been delegated to UNHCR. UNHCR sectors are utilized to deliver assistance to IDPs and other affected groups. All sectors are operational holding regular meetings. Each sector is led by a Government entity and co-led by UN agencies. There is also a bi-monthly UNHCR-chaired Multi-Sector Operations Team meeting in Maroua, bringing together more than 40 humanitarian partners intervening in the region.

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. UN agencies and international NGOs have been instrumental in implementing activities for Central African refugees and host populations.

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.


  • The security situation in the Far North region remains uncertain. During the month of April, 781 new arrivals from Nigeria were screened at Gourounguel transit center and thereafter registered in Minawao refugee camp. Some had previously settled in the villages of Zhélevet, Double, Tchakarmari and Madaga in Cameroon whilst others came directly from the villages of Mubi, Agappalawa, Banki, Maiduguri, Pulka and Chinene in Nigeria, seeking family reunification, as well as protection and assistance due to difficult living conditions and the fear of Boko Haram incursions.

  • In the Central African Republic, elements of the ex-Seleka and RJ / MPC coalition attempted to take control of the localities of Bang and Ngaoundaye, resulting in movements of people to Cameroon. A monitoring mission led by UNHCR visited the entry point town of Mbaimboum (North region) from 5 to 7 April and found that most of the Central African who arrived there had already returned to Ngaoundaye and Bang. About 80 asylum seekers (24 households), mostly women and young children, remained in Mbaimboum with relatives who have been settled there for some time.

  • The Cameroonian Minister of Public Health, HE Mr. André Mama Fouda, visited the Central African refugee site of Gado on 11 April as part of his tour in the East and Adamawa regions. Accompanied by administrative authorities, he held a meeting with the refugee community and inaugurated the newly built maternity unit at the Integrated Health Center of Gado. He reassured the refugee community that appropriate measures are being taken to ensure that the living conditions of refugees in Cameroon are improved. The representative of the refugee community then expressed his gratitude to UNHCR and all the partners for health care provided to them since the opening of the health post in Gado.

  • Mr. Kouassi Lazare Etien, UNHCR’s Representative in Cameroon, accompanied by Mr. Modibo Traoré, Head of the UNOCHA Country Office, undertook a joint mission to the different UNHCR intervention zones in the field. During the mission, Mr. Etien, amongst other activities, inaugurated the new library for elementary and secondary school students in Minawao camp and inaugurated 4 primary school classrooms for Central African refugees and the host community in Timangolo. Mr. Etien expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Cameroonian Government and citizens for their legendary hospitality and generosity to Central African refugees, the majority of whom live peacefully and harmoniously with their hosts.