Tons Of Food Aid shipped To Cameroon For Anglophone IDPs By US Government

A Large number of internally displaced persons in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon are said to receive new food aid from the American Government.

As disclosed by the US Embassy in Cameroon, the food aid arrived at the Douala Sea Port on January 19 and will be shared to IDPs in the Northwest and Southwest Regions affected by food scarcity.

The aid donated by the US Government through the US Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme consist of 151,240 bags of rice, 177,188 gallons of oil, and 2,449 tons of green peas.

However, The US government has not revealed how many people the aid targets and areas to be distributed.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), by October 2022, the six-year conflict in Cameroon’s English-speaking Regions had displaced about 1,067,722 people.

OCHA estimated that 562,807 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are part of the displaced population representing 53 per cent of internally displaced persons.

Again, OCHA disclosed that 85,181 of the displaced population are refugees in Nigeria (8% of displaced persons); 376,707 former IDP Returnees (35%); and 43,027 Returnees from abroad (4%).

An estimated 60 percent of the IDPs reportedly reside in the Northwest (231,281 individuals) and South-West (137,461 individuals) Regions, while 34 percent fled to the West, Littoral and other Regions of the country.

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