Diocesan development committee – Caritas Cameroon – Extreme Northern Cameroon, Central Africa
The extreme northern region of Cameroon has seen a dramatic influx of displaced peoples from both Nigeria and the Cameroon fleeing the threat of terrorist group Boko Haram.
Mountainous, isolated, and arid, the extreme north is also the poorest region Cameroon, which, combined with the growing influx of migrants, has created conditions of extreme poverty and suffering. Since 2012, increasing attacks by Boko Haram have affected an estimated 9 million people in the area near the borders of Niger, Chad, Nigeria, and Cameroon; 2.7 million of whom are currently estimated to be living in Cameroon’s rugged extreme north.
Together with the Diocesan Development Committee (DDC) – CARITAS Cameroon, the LÉGER FOUNDATION provides urgent humanitarian relief for Cameroon’s displaced people fleeing terrorist violence. As they seek refuge in the isolated villages of the north, many of them struggle to meet their basic needs. Most of the relief efforts are centred on 30 remote villages in the district of Maroua.
The project targets the most vulnerable of those displaced by Boko Haram, many of them women and children, with an estimated total outreach of 31,300 people. Through this initiative, emergency services such as medical care, clean drinking water, and basic survival gear will be provided, as well as the provision of technical and material support for small farm producers and local businesses that have lost their income.
For the love of life
After having survived Boko Haram’s attack on his village at the Nigerian border, Wardo Haya, along with his wife and children, fled for their lives and eventually found refuge with a family in the small village of Djinguila. Thanks to support from the DDC – CARITAS Cameroon and the LÉGER FOUNDATION, Warda and his family are not only surviving, but are slowly regaining hope for the future. Warda, a farm worker, describes the material and technical support he receives from the project:
« I received 8kg of peanuts for planting plus 2kg of corn seed, and my crops are doing well. The land isn’t mine – it was borrowed to me in return for labour – but now at least I have the means to take care of my family. Life is not easy, but now we have hope. Thank you to the DDC – CARITAS Cameroon and the LÉGER FOUNDATION. »
This article is from the fall 2016 edition of theLÉGER FOUNDATION IN THE WORLD newsletter. To read the full version of the newsletter and discover all the documents published by the LÉGER FOUNDATION this year, visit the Publications section of our website.