The World Food Programme (WFP) will distribute money through telephone transfers to 18,000 displaced persons in the Far North region of Cameroon.
According to Fatimatou Nkouo, associate at the WFP office in Maroua, the recipients would come from Mayo-Sanaga, Mayo-Sava, and Longone et Chari divisions.
They are grouped in the towns of Mokolo, Koza, Zamai, Mora and Kousseri, Nkouo said.
She explained that beneficiaries with identification documents have been given mobile telephones through which they would receive monthly stipends commensurate with the sizes of their families.
Those who do not have telephones would receive their own assistance in the form of foodstuff, the WFP official said.
“The money deposited in the accounts of beneficiaries has to be used in buying food. They have the possibility of buying foodstuff or other edibles of their choice,” Nkouo stressed.
“To facilitate the operation which would take place monthly, the WFP would invite foodstuff sellers to the distribution sites. This would permit the internally displaced persons to buy their requirements on the spot.”
The WFP uses two modalities in assisting the displaced persons namely giving them foodstuff or cash.
“Money transfer is a means by which we make available resources to the beneficiaries. Generally, they receive a transfer to permit them to meet up with their needs in order not to be in a situation of food insecurity. We have identified the very vulnerable displaced persons already,” Nkouo revealed.
In 2020, 41,067 Internally Displaced Persons based in Mokolo, Koza, Zamai, Mora, and Kousseri received emergency food assistance from the WFP, with 14,814 of them receiving it through monetary transfers.
“The amount of money that was spent in this transaction was over one billion FCFA (about US$2 million) that was made available by donors who are the European Union and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO),” she said.
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