Our project to provide emergency humanitarian relief to 1000 of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the hard-to-reach areas wasn’t exactly easy to deliver! But our partner, SHUMAS, was as resourceful as ever.
Many items, including 400 mattresses and mosquito nets, needed to get to communities deep in the jungle regions or on remote islands. There was a war raging and the roads, which are bad at the best of times, were being dug up to prevent military and civilian trucks from using them. Road blocks were set up to demand payments and aid workers were often at risk of being taken hostage.
After careful negotiation with the various armed groups (both state and non-state) and with respect for the many restrictions placed on travel, SHUMAS staff managed to deliver all items safely and in good time.
Their success with this project has earned SHUMAS the respect of many UN agencies and it is now recognised as one of the most effective NGOs working in NW Cameroon.