Refugees in Cameroon Assisted through LWF/UNHCR Partnership

LWF team leader in Cameroon helping women and children prepare food. Photo: LWF Cameroon
LWF team leader in Cameroon helping women and children prepare food. Photo: LWF Cameroon

Sanitation, Livelihoods and Peace workshops

(LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will partner with the UN refugee agency UNHCR to assist refugees in Cameroon. After conducting an assessment in 2014, LWF developed a concept note for refugee assistance and was accepted as a partner by UNHCR in Cameroon for 2015.

The refugees in Cameroon originate from the Central African Republic (CAR), where conflicts between Seleka and Anti-Balaka militia caused unrest and displacement. The United Nations witnessed a great influx of refugees in early 2014, when the situation in CAR deteriorated. Previously Cameroon already was home to a great number of refugees who arrived from CAR in 2006. The last year saw a great number of new arrivals due to civil unrest in CAR and Nigeria.

The refugees from CAR who sought asylum in Cameroun settled mainly in the villages in the East and Adamawa regions. Many of them joined relatives and friends who had come to these villages as refugees in 2006.

According to UNHCR estimates the Adamawa region is currently hosting 63,795 Central African refugees, with another 151,290 in additional refugee in the East region. The majority of the refugees are women and children.

LWF has now started to implement activities in water and sanitation and creating sustainable livelihoods. It is also planned to conduct workshops for peace and reconciliation.