• Crisis Severity ?
    4.3
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    4.1
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    4.2
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    4.6
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    5.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 25,876,000 Total population [?]
  • 4,343,000 People affected [?]
  • 4,000,000 People in Need [?]
  • 108,335 Refugees from Nigeria [?]

Special Reports

19/02/2021

Overview

11/03/2020

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 650,000 people internally displaced and about 60,000 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.?The number of Nigerian refugees fleeing to Cameroon's far north has surpassed the 100,000 mark, while violence by Boko Haram has also internally displaced more than 290,000 people in the same area.?

Apart from the above, Cameroon is also host to over 290,000 refugees from CAR mainly due to conflict.? The CAR refugees are predominately located in the Est and Adamaoua regions.

Latest Developments

04/01/2022

No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.

Humanitarian Access

07/12/2021

Extreme constraints

Humanitarian access is deteriorating considerably, particularly because of increasing restrictions on movement and violence against civilians in the northwest, southwest, and far north regions. Following a ban on the population’s movement imposed by armed separatist groups from 15 September to 2 October, about 200,000 people were denied access to food following the disruption of humanitarian activities in the northwest and southwest regions. This ban severely affected access to essential services such as health and education. Military operations are an additional constraint, forcing many humanitarian organisations to suspend their activities because of insecurity.

The Government has suspended the activities in English-speaking regions of one humanitarian organisation accused of supporting armed separatist groups. There are also reports of attacks against humanitarian workers and their property. In the past six months, one humanitarian has been killed and four others kidnapped in the northwest region. Because of roadblocks by armed groups, some health facilities are running out of medicines and medical supplies, making the functionality of health services extremely difficult. Access to certain areas, especially in the far north, northwest, east, and Adamawa regions, is more difficult given the poor condition of the roads, especially during the rainy season in June–September.

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.

Key Priorities

11/03/2020

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: The intensification of the Anglophone crisis led to the closure of over 40% of the health centres. This intensifies deteriorating health conditions for the over 4 million people living in the English-speaking regions. Outbreaks of diseases such as cholera have already been recorded at the end of 2019.? 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

06/04/2021

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

09/07/2020

Insecurity continues to play a major role in information gaps recorded for needs assessment as sporadic attacks in the Northwest and Southwest continues.