Cameroon + 2 more

UNHCR Cameroon Factsheet - December 2017


Cameroon currently has 647,536 people of concern, including 247,838 Central African refugees and 87,052 Nigerian refugees.

A considerable increase of new arrivals to Gourenguel transit centre in the Far North region following an upsurge of attacks in Cameroon.

Conclusion of out of camp registration in the Mayo Sava department with a total number of 1,793 Nigerian refugees registered.


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. 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 of concern. Despite the security measures taken by Cameroonian authorities to prevent attacks by non-state armed groups, they continued to perpetrate raids in the border areas of Cameroon. The Logone et Chari and Mayo Sava Divisions were particularly targeted resulting in killings, kidnappings, lootings and cattle robbery. The main threat concerns the towns surrounding and within the triangle area of Fotokol, Waza and Darak. The latest attacks have seen an increase in the number of new arrivals arriving in Gourenguel transit centre. During the reporting period, nearly 800 new arrivals were registered, whereas in previous months 60-100 new arrivals were reported each week. The current worrisome security situation in the border villages is pushing Nigerian refugees previously settled there to move further inland for their own safety.

  • Various donor missions took place in the Far North region of Cameroon, particulary to Minwao camp. The High Commissioner of Canada, the Japanese Ambassador and a representative of the French Embassy undertook these missions in order to assess activities carried out for refugees and IDPs and their impact during discussions they held with refugees.