Protection of Displaced Persons. A Priority Of The Government Humanitarian Assistant Plan

The Emergency plan put in place by the government with instructions from the Head of State President Paul Biya will focus on some priority areas ranging from people to structures.

Cynthia Efopa

Present socio economic and security situation that reigns in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon is not at its best as the crises that was ignited by some concerns raised by lawyers and teachers of English expression in the both regions and to which government took important measures to provide adequate respond was hijacked by terrorists who transformed such legitimate concern in to an arm conflict. Their turbulent activities have created untold damages, killing of pupils, students and teachers who strive to have their way to school, operatives of the Forces of Defence and Security have been their main target too. The terrorists have propagated and inseminated a general state of fear that has force the population to flee the battle festered areas to other parts within or out of the country. The president of the Public have been putting all hands on deck to resolve this problem within the framework of the law, yet the terrorists are adamant in their activities that has caused sufferings to the population. This regrettable situation could not leave the Head of State indifferent reasons why he ordered his government to come up with an Emergency Humanitarian Plan aimed at alleviating the suffering of persons, reconstruct and rehabilitate structures so as to improve on their living standards that has been thwarted by the crises.

The protection of internally displaced persons and Cameroon refugees abroad are some priority areas where government will focus.  Assistance will be given to the internally displaced persons estimated at 66.412 in the South West region and 8.554 in the North West region. Here, the government will center on food security, health and education, housing, security and psycho-social assistance which has been identified as been of great need to the internally displaced. This will add to measures already taken by government in the past as some internally displaced persons were already received, resettled ad benefited from the distribution of beddings, toiletry, food and other basic items from administrative authorities at local levels. This has been the case for displaced persons in Ediki and Bombe Bakundu villages in Meme Division, who were received in Mbanga in the Mungo Division and persons of Lebialem Divison who have been resettled in Fongo-Tongo Subdivision in the Menoua Division.

Regarding refugees, as at 8th May 2018, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees had registered 21.291 refugees in Nigeria spread through the cities of Benue, Akwa-Ibom, Taraba and Cross-River States. To them, government will pay a visit to provide assistance and comfort while constructing emergency accommodation centers that will house them back home.

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