Humanitarian crises are increasing in Cameroon. The country has two open fronts of violence, the Islamist uprising in the north and the English-speaking separatists in the west, and is home to a significant number of refugees from its neighbors, particularly the Central African Republic and Nigeria. Corona virus has now been added to this list and the country does not have the resources to answer them all.
“The country has gone from one crisis to three in six years, and the corona virus is now the fourth,” concludes Modibo Traoré, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Cameroon. “Cameroon is a lower middle income country, but the burden is too high to bear,” he warns in an interview with Europa Press.
Even before the pandemic, the situation in the Far North region was “particularly worrying,” he says, since there were a large number of security incidents in the first few months of the year, “far more than in Nigeria, something it wasn’t before happens. “
Regarding the actions of Boko Haram, the group headed by Abubakar Shekau, “two new phenomena” have been identified that give cause for concern: “attacks in broad daylight” and the increase in attacks with improvised explosive devices (FDI), their homemade has improved and which occur more frequently.