The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has painted a grim picture of assistance needs in Cameroon, where more than 2 million people (about 9% of the population) are food insecure. This figure is based on data collected up until October 2021.
In detail, OCHA says, 29% of the food-insure population live in the Northwest, 20% in the Southwest and 16% are concentrated in the Far North. These stats show that crisis-affected regions are the most vulnerable to food insecurity. "The situation is precarious in the Northwest and Southwest, torn by the socio-political crisis, and in the Far-North, Littoral, and Western regions, where internally displaced persons are weighing on household stocks," explains OCHA.
Things are not getting better, particularly in the Northwest and Southwest regions, and consequently, peace is slow to return. "Most of the departments in the Northwest and Southwest, eight out of thirteen, remain in food insecurity," the UN agency deplored.
Michel Ange Nga