The American non-governmental organization (NGO) Nascent Solutions this week distributed 32 tons of food assistance to internally displaced persons in the Southwest Region. The displaced persons are from areas seriously affected by the ongoing Anglophone separatist insurgency in the country.
The said food assistance was donated by the International Food Relief Partnership and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The food aid which was distributed to internally displaced persons in Fako and Meme Divisions included dried carrots, onions and rice and was received by about 9,000 victims of the Anglophone crises which has led to the displacement of English-speaking Cameroonians from the regions of the Northwest and Southwest for the past four years.
According to Nascent Solutions, the donation of the assistance to the internally displaced persons is within the context of a humanitarian programme which will cover a period of one year.
During the duration of the programme, 76,216 tons of food valued at 225 million FCFA (about US$450,000) would be distributed in nineteen localities throughout the Southwest Region.
Households led by displaced women, those with pregnant or nursing mothers, displaced aged persons and households with displaced children have been earmarked.
The objective of the project is to ameliorate the food security of households of internally displaced persons within the Meme and Fako Divisions, reduce hunger and increase knowledge in nutrition and hygiene among adults.
Harvest Lentil pro (the kind of food item distributed – Reporter) is particularly good for the health of all aged persons and is rich in proteins, iron and micronutrients. It is also easy to prepare and is certified to halal (permissible for Moslems).
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