UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian assistance in four regions of Cameroon – the Far North, North, Adamawa and the East – which have been facing recurring emergencies.
Increase in Security attacks from Boko Haram in Far North region across the Nigerian border: Targeted kidnappings and armed attacks by Boko Haram since December 2013 are on the rise, especially since May 2014. Bold attacks in July included the kidnapping of the wife and family of the Deputy Prime Minster and 10 Chinese workers. The number of security incidents has already reached 36 in 2013-2014, up from 20 in 2011-2012 and 23 in 2012-1013. 24,182 new Nigerian refugees have arrived in Northern Cameroon, with about 3,000 Nigerian refugees in Minawao refugee camp located 130 km east of the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Due to the insecure environment, most NGOs have issued advisories to their nationals to leave Far North region.
CAR REFUGEES: As of 27 July 2014, 119,029 people have been officially registered as refugees since January 2014, and about 84% of these are women or children.
NUTRITION RESPONSE: Over 27,000 children with SAM have been admitted for therapeutic care to date through UNICEF and partners.
POLIO RESURGENCE: Cameroon has been declared as country with active transmission of wild Polio virus and 9 cases having been confirmed to date since October 2013. 2 new cases have recently come to light in CAR refugee camps.
CHOLERA RESURGENCE: In 2014, 1,498 cases of cholera have been reported at the national level with 75 deaths (all deaths in Northern Cameroon).
Situation in Numbers
CAR REFUGEES (as of July 27, 2014)
SAHEL NUTRITION CRISIS (Targeted caseloads of children in 2014)
NIGERIAN REFUGEES (1 July 2014, UNHCR and UNCT NE Nigeria Sit Analysis)
1498 cases, 75 deaths
UNICEF Funding Requirements 2014
US$ 23 million