A special appeal, supporting IDPs in Cameroon
The crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions, which began in 2016 when the government cracked down on protests held by the Anglophone minority, has escalated into a fully-fledged conflict. As many as 459,000 new displacements were recorded in 2018, 437,000 of which were associated with the conflict in the Anglophone region . By October 2019 this number had risen to one million. Many young children have been orphaned in the conflict and have fled from their home villages, which have been razed to the ground. Only 3% of children in the NW and SW regions have been able to go to the school since 2016. Teenage boys have been recruited as child soldiers and school-aged girls have been driven to take up child labour or prostitution in order to survive. The teenage pregnancy rate has soared and the infant and maternal mortality rates are steadily growing.
A UN report in July 2019 estimates that 60% of the IDPs (Internally Displaced People) from these two regions are now living in appalling conditions in the forests and the bush because their homes, their villages and their livelihoods have been destroyed.
We are seeking to raise £80,000 so that SHUMAS can provide emergency, on the ground support for 1000 of these people. Money raised will go to the following priority areas:
- Providing health support to IDPs, pregnant mothers, new born and under-fives living in the forests and hard to reach areas. This includes mosquito nets, training for birth attendants, delivery kits, community workers and training in the production of reusable sanitary pads.
- Assisting homeless IDPs with shelter kits and the provision of mattresses.
- Reducing the incidence of waterborne diseases commonplace amongst IDPS in the bushes and forest, who are having to drink filthy and infected water. Providing training in household purification practices and Water and Sanitation (WASH) kits.
- Restoring the livelihoods of adolescent girls and boys and vulnerable IDPs in general. Helping them start a new life that is not blighted by war.
- Providing counselling and psychosocial support. To help all those who have been traumatised by the violence.
- Promoting social cohesion and peace building through focused group discussions. This will promote the acceptance of the IDPs in their host communities, many of which are already poverty stricken.
Your support for this special appeal will help thousands of vulnerable people at a time when they need it most. However much you are able to give, we promise the entire amount will go directly to help these devastated communities in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. We fund all our expenses ourselves.
Ian, Judith, Marianne, Nick, and Stuart
Building Schools for Africa