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4  June 2019

The Norwegian Refugee Council launches the list of the world’s most neglected crises with Cameroon reaching the top.

On 4 June 2019 the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) published its annual list of the world’s most neglected displacement crises for 2018, placing Cameroon on the first place.

Severe situation in Cameroon is being constantly aggravated not only by violence, the direct cause of the deepening conflicts occurring in the country, but also the lack of international interest.

NRC is an independent humanitarian organization that helps people forced to flee. Every year, the organization releases a list of the ten most neglected displacement crises, having evaluated them against three criteria: lack of funding, lack of media attention and political neglect. The latest report puts Cameroon in the spotlight. According to NRC, the armed conflict in the English-speaking parts of Cameroon have forced half a million people to abandon their homes in the Southwest and Northwest regions. In addition,  as a result of the ongoing crisis, hundreds of villages have been burned and hospitals have been attacked.  Despite the visible severity of the crisis as of now no major mediation efforts have been undertaken, no relief programmes have been implemented, and the limited media attention and political interest are insufficient to inflict pressure on parties involved, urging them to put an end to the continuous cycle of violence.

Having in mind the unrest in the country, the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, sent Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute on a peace mission to the conflict regions, hoping to find a political solution. Meanwhile, Jan Egeland, the Secretary-General of the NRC, has recently visited Cameroon where he denounced the attitude of the international community condemning it for not taking responsibility for taking action in order to improve Cameroon’s situation. In the current circumstances, the conflict is allowed to continue. By releasing the annual list, NRC is hoping to bring more attention to humanitarian issues and to raise awareness of the international community of the crises occurring in the listed countries in order to enable positive action and to bring humanitarian relief to the victims. 


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Author: Giulia Francescon - Editor: Aleksandra Krol

Category: Cameroon - Web Review
Tuesday, 25 June 2019