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UN reports over 3,700 displaced by violence in the Far North in January

UN reports over 3,700 displaced by violence in the Far North in January

Paru le mardi, 19 mars 2024 09:40

Over 3,700 individuals were displaced in Cameroon’s Far North region in January 2024 due to the ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, an area spanning Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad, the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on the X social media platform on March 18. 

Violent incidents escalated in specific localities during this period, triggering population displacements. The departments of Mayo-Sava, Mayo-Tsanaga, and Logone-et-Chari were particularly impacted. Non-state armed groups (GANE) launched incursions into several villages, resulting in 22 civilian deaths and 12 injuries. Over 20 individuals were abducted, and numerous houses were burnt down, damaged, and looted. In January, humanitarian partners reported the displacement of 3,705 people, according to the UN coordinating agency’s situation report on Cameroon, updated on March 1, 2024.

OCHA stated that humanitarian partners have delivered emergency aid to the displaced populations, including shelter, non-food items, water, sanitation, hygiene, education, health, and nutrition services via the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). Food assistance was also provided to the displaced populations. Despite the combined efforts of state, humanitarian, and development actors, the situation in the Far North remains concerning as the violence and subsequent displacements continue to impact the population’s well-being and living conditions.

As of December 31, 2023, OCHA estimated that over 450,000 people were displaced in the region. The Harmonised Framework analysis for October-December 2023 indicated that 826,000 people in the region are grappling with acute food insecurity. The Far North, already dealing with insecurity, violence, and the escalating effects of climate change, is also subject to recurrent epidemics such as cholera, measles, and polio, posing additional health risks to the population and increasing the region’s fragility.


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