Cameroon currently has 1,749,080 people of concern, including 292,787 Central African, 110,627 Nigerian refugees, 976,773 IDPs (297,380 in the Far North and 679,393 in the North West and South West regions) and 354,328 returnees in the Far North region.
On 26 February, 250 Central African refugees returned home in the framework of facilitated voluntary repatriation. This first convoy for 2020 brings the total number of refugees who have returned so far to 3,559. UNHCR plans to facilitate the process for 10,000 of them this year.
The month was marked by a series of violent incidents in the Englishspeaking regions. On 14 February, an attack in Ngarbuh, Ntumbaw in the Donga Mantung Division of the North West region resulted in the death of more than 20 people including women and children.
WORKING WITH PARTNERS
UNHCR coordinates protection and assistance for persons of concern in collaboration with:
◼ Government Partners: Ministries of External Relations, Territorial Administration, Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Public Health, Women’s Empowerment and the 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), 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, Red Deporte, IEDA Relief, Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Solidarités International and CARE International.
◼ UN Agencies: WFP, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UN Women, FAO, UNESCO, IOM, UNDP and UNOCHA.
◼ Operational coordination: The response for Central African refugees is managed in line with the Refugee Coordination Model and includes local authorities who are engaged in the management of the refugee operation. In the North West and South West regions, UNHCR ensures the leadership of protection and shelter/NFI Clusters for the delivery of protection and assistance to IDPs.
As from early 2020, the operational responsibility of UNHCR Cameroon has been extended to cover UNHCR mandate activities in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. 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 as well as the Humanitarian Country Team and the United Nations Country Team.