UNHCR Needs $116 Million To Assist 45,000 Cameroonian Refugees In Chad

The Cameroonian refugees in Chad are currently living in a precarious situation that needs urgent humanitarian assistance.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says it needs 58 billion FCFA (about $116 million) to provide humanitarian assistance to the  45,000 Cameroonian refugees in Chad who are living under very precarious conditions.

“The Cameroonian refugees, despite the generosity of local host communities and humanitarian assistance put in place in Chad, live in difficult situations with varying degrees of precarity according to the host zones and the level of assistance received,” the UNHCR said in a statement.

The UN agency revealed that “refugee children and Chadian host communities are exposed to a number of risks notably exploitation and child labour, gender-based violence, abuses and premature pregnancies”.

It said it has contracted 53 partners among whom are UN agencies such as the World Health Oganisation (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as well as the World Bank and local non-governmental organisations to assist it as it finds solutions to the problems of Cameroonian refugees in Chad.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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