The UN, through its Central Emergency Response Fund (UNCERF), announced it will approve the disbursement of $6 million (about CFA3.6 billion) to provide life-saving and protective assistance to vulnerable people in Cameroon. "This aid will benefit 2.6 million people in the Far North, North West, and South West regions. It includes protection and shelter services as well as food and nutritional assistance," the UN said.
According to David Cibonga, deputy head of the UN Humanitarian Coordination Office in Yaoundé," for 2022, 3.9 million people are, or were, in need. While this is a fairly high number, the humanitarian community has targeted 2.6 million people for immediate assistance”. The UN indicated that only 42% of humanitarian aid needs were met last year. "We have a 2022 humanitarian response that is only 42% funded, leaving many sectors with urgent humanitarian needs underfunded," the representative said. As a result, this allocation will cover needs in the most affected vital sectors, including the food insecurity sector, the nutrition sector, shelter, but also the protection sector.
As a reminder, the UN had requested more than CFA227 billion to assist nearly 4 million people.