The situation in the North-West and South-West regions (NWSW) remained concerning in May, with continued hostilities, armed clashes and use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The population continues to be caught in the middle of the crisis, exposed to extra-judicial killings, GBV incidents, kidnappings, destruction of property and ill treatment. Humanitarian staff and health care workers reported 14 cases of harassment and kidnappings.
Between January and May 2021, more than 53,770 persons faced new displacement or return movements. Most of the displacements were pendular and did not last for more than one week. According to the Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA) conducted in February 2021 in the North-West and South-West regions, the number of internally displaced persons in those two regions was 410,933, and the number of returnees was 333,915 persons. According to the same assessment, the major needs of the displaced persons were safe drinking water, food, and health.
The Cadre Harmonise report, published in March 2021, showed that 1.1 million people are classified as severely food insecure having lost access to their farmlands, assets and livelihoods means. This underscores the urgent need for additional funding to provide life-saving interventions in the two regions.
The humanitarian response for the North-West and South-West regions has received less than seven per cent as reported on the financial tracking system. For three consecutive years, Cameroon continues to be ranked either first or second on the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) classification of the world’s most neglected crisis.