"We would like to thank Cameroon once again for this gesture of generosity towards Nigerian and Central African refugees. It is always good to remember that not many countries receive so many refugees.”
These were the words of Allegra Baiocchi, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and Humanitarian Coordinator, to the government daily Cameroon Tribune, after a meeting with the Minister of Territorial Administration (Minat), Paul Atanga Nji, on 23 June 2020.
Allegra Baiochi, who is at the end of her term in Cameroon, visited the Minat to review the humanitarian action carried out since she took office on July 18, 2017. The humanitarian focal point in Cameroon took this opportunity to salute Cameroon's humanitarian commitment. According to official UN figures, by May 2020 the country was hosting a total of 412,405 refugees, mostly from the Central African Republic and Nigeria.
While hoping for a strengthening of the coordination of United Nations humanitarian actions in Cameroon, the diplomat reminded her host that the "obligation to inform and to be accountable to the government, the people and donors" is a cardinal principle of the United Nations’ humanitarian commitment.