Crisis Severity The severity score from 1 to 5 is based on 31 indicators aggregated into 3 pillars (impact, conditions, and complexity)4.10 Very lowVery high 5
Impact This measures the impact of the crisis itself, in terms of the scope of its geographical, and human effects.4.00 Very lowVery high 5
Humanitarian Conditions This measures the conditions and status of the people affected, including info about the distribution of severity.4.50 Very lowVery high 5
Complexity This measures the complexity of the crisis, in terms of factors that affect its mitigation or resolution.3.40 Very lowVery high 5
Access Constraints This measures the level of humanitarian access constraints.3.0No constraintsExtreme constraints
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Humanitarian Access Overview
Cameroon: Education crisis in North West and South West regions
Cameroon: COVID-19 outbreak
Cameroon: Escalation of the Anglophone crisis
Cameroon has been experiencing an interplay of protracted crisis situations which continues to define political, economic and social developments in the country. Longstanding grievances in the anglophone community in Northwest and Southwest regions due to marginalisation of the minority English-speaking regions by the francophone-dominated government escalated into widespread protests and strikes in late 2016.?This has resulted in the emergence of different separatist groups clamouring for the creation of a self-proclaimed Ambazonian Republic in the northwest and southwest. Clashes between the military and the separatist forces has intensified insecurity in the regions, leaving over 573,900 people internally displaced and about 77,000 people seeking refuge in Neighbouring Nigeria.?
Boko Haram's insurgency in Nigeria's northeast has also spilled over into Cameroon's Far North region, mainly due to the proximity and porosity of borders between the two countries. After Nigeria, Cameroon is the second most-affected country by the violence and insecurity linked to BH in Lake Chad basin.?More than 124,000 Nigerian refugees fled to Cameroon's far north, while violence by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) has also internally displaced more than 377,000 people in the same area.?
Apart from the above, Cameroon is also host to over 345,000 refugees from CAR mainly due to conflict.?The CAR refugees are predominately located in the Est, Adamaoua and Nord regions.
The school year has started on 5 September, but thousands of children have been unable to return to class in the Northwest and Southwest regions because of the lockdown imposed by some separatist groups who ordered the closure of public schools until 1 October. The intensification of attacks by armed separatist groups since early September is also forcing people (including students and teachers) to flee to safer areas, hampering access to education further. Although some separatist armed groups tolerate the resumption of classes in schools deemed to be in line with their ideology, many parents remain reluctant to send their children to school for fear of abduction and attacks on teachers, students, and parents. Two out of three schools were non-operational in 2021 in the Northwest and Southwest regions, affecting more than 700,000 students – a trend that is likely to worsen with the recent attacks on school facilities.?
Cameroon faced High humanitarian access constraints in the past six months, scoring 3/5 in ACAPS Humanitarian Access Index. The humanitarian access situation has been improving due to the reduction in the number of successive lockdown days in the North-West and South-West regions. Previous impediments, including floods and COVID-19 related border closure were no longer present, allowing better access to aid for people in need, and less restricted movement for humanitarian workers.
For more information you can consult our latest Global Humanitarian Access Overview – July 2022.
Protection: Top priority for affected populations is protection. Attacks by both Boko Haram, the separatists and Cameroonian armed forces are still ongoing in the far north, the northwest and southwest respectively.
Health: Nearly 300 health facilities are no longer fonctional due to the intensification of the Anglophone crisis. This intensifies deteriorating health conditions for the over 4 million people living in the English-speaking regions. A cholera outbreak have been declared in October 2021. As of 30 April, 4,677 positive cases and 78 related deaths are reported.? Currently, there are 13 hospital beds per 10,000 population in the whole of Cameroon and existing health facilities complain of a lack of technical and medical personnel.?
Education: 85% of schools have been shut down and over 620,000 children have been forced out of school since both the Anglophone and Boko Haram crisis began. Students are forced to stay at home as their school buildings were either burnt or converted to separatists’ camps in the northwest and southwest. Forced school boycotts are also enforced by separatists in these areas, making education a priority need for affected populations.?
Update from the October 2020 Global Risk Analysis
Rise in violent events targeting civilians, IDPs, and refugees in the Far North region results in increased displacement and protection needs
Boko Haram’s violence against civilians in the Far North region, as well as related fatalities, increased slightly during most of 2020 - but have so far decreased in 2021.? Although the risk identified by ACAPS in October 2020 has not materialised, violence and humanitarian needs in the region continue to be high.
Targeted attacks and events of generalised violence became more frequent in 2020 than in the previous years, and particularly affected Mayo-Sava, Mayo-Tsanaga, and Logone-et-Chari divisions.? In December 2020, 460 protection incidents were reported, including cases of looting, extortion of properties, and injuries. The same month, two suicide attacks were carried out in Mayo-Sava division, and there was also a violent attack on four islands of Lake Chad in Lagone-et-Chari division, with casualties and abductions reported. In 2020, violence triggered the internal displacement of 322,000 people. Over 115,000 refugees and 123,000 returnees live in the Far North. Humanitarian access continues to be highly constrained. In December 2020, some areas of the region were reported to be inaccessible without armed escorts.?
Read the full latest Global Risk Analysis here.
Information gaps and needs
Insecurity continues to play a major role in information gaps recorded for needs assessment as sporadic attacks in the Northwest and Southwest continues.