29 April 2015
Violence by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and insecurity across the border inflict more suffering on people living in Cameroon's Far North Region. More than 100,000 people in the northern region of Cameroon are uprooted as Boko Haram violence has spilled across the border, doubling the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the past two months. In addition, about 74,000 Nigerians - forced to leave behind their homes, family and livelihoods - are seeking refuge in the Far North region. The World Food Programme has been supporting those in need with food distributions and nutrition activities to address high rates of malnutrition, especially amongst the newly arrived refugee children and mothers. Funding shortfalls, however, threaten to seriously hamper WFP's ability to provide life-saving assistance to all people in dire need of help.
11 March 2015
Minawao Camp, Northern Cameroon - They arrive on motorbikes, donkeys and on foot. Many have travelled for days, under rough conditions, before arriving in Cameroon. WFP is providing vital food and nutritional support to refugees who escaped recent fighting in Nigeria, and who continue to arrive every day to Minawao camp. As violence has been escalating, however, in the border area, it has been increasingly difficult for refugees to escape the chaos on their way.
3 February 2015
Thousands of people have fled northeastern Nigeria to Cameroon to escape attacks by militants. We met Sarah at the Minawao camp, 120 kms east of the border, where WFP is providing food assistance to the refugees. Here's the dramatic story of her escape from the militia.
15 January 2015
A dusty road in eastern Cameroon leads to Gbiti, a small village at the border with the Central African Republic (CAR). The village is home to more than 4,000 refugees of the bloody conflict in the CAR that erupted a little over a year ago. As in all of the seven refugee sites along the border, the majority of the refugees in Gbiti are children.
The countries are separated only by a small river, where women wash their family’s clothes and Cameroonian soldiers are patrolling. It is the same spot where hundreds to thousands of Central Africans have been crossing the river every day only a couple of months ago – and still people are arriving.
16 July 2014
Fatimatou Djara is one of over 100,000 people who have arrived in Cameroon this year, fleeing the vicious bloodletting in the Central African Republic. She and her three children receive food from WFP every month. In this interview, she explains some of the changes that life as a refugee brings.
24 June 2014
In Cameroon up to 1 out of 3 refugee children from Central African Republic suffer from malnutrition, a recent United Nations assessment found. Kinday Samba, WFP senior nutritionist, was part of the assessment mission. We asked her about what she saw.
6 June 2014
Exhausted, hungry and often sick, tens of thousands of people have crossed the border from Central African Republic (CAR) into Cameroon. Young children are hit hardest by malnutrition. To respond to the dire humanitarian crisis, WFP is implementing an emergency operation to feed vulnerable families and fight malnutrition, which is proving fatal for people weakened by the cross-border journey.
30 January 2014
A new wave of refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) has crossed the border to Cameroon after conflict broke out between the Séléka movement and the former Bozizé regime last year. The new refugees add to the nearly 88,000 CAR refugees already living in the Adamaoua and Eastern regions.
8 August 2012
18 July 2012
The arrival of the lean season this month is exacerbating conditions in the Far North region of Cameroon. 400,000 people are estimated to be affected by the food and nutrition crisis.
- Cameroon border town battered by C.Africa spillover Source: Yahoo! News/ AFP
- Sahel food insecurity threatens 10 million people in 2013 Source: Reuters/AlertNet
- Sahel: Malnourished to remain above one million in 2013 Source: IRIN
- At meeting in Rome, UN officials stress link between food security and peace in Sahel Source: UN News Centre
- Building Resilience Key to Restoring Sahel Food Security Source: VOA News