Responsible Church Partnerships
Tel. 061 260 23 37
Project Number: 134.1003
A dispute between the Cameroonian central government and the Anglophone population in the west of the country has been escalating since fall 2016. 1.3 million people are dependent on aid. The Cameroonian churches and local NGOs have great potential to contain the conflict and support the suffering people, as they are anchored and accepted in the population. Mission 21's emergency relief and reconstruction project works with them in a sustainable humanitarian aid program, under the overall coordination of UN-OCHA.
The background of the conflict lies in the colonial era. Cameroon is composed of a larger francophone and a smaller anglophone area. An originally federal system was abolished in 1972 in favor of a centralized system. Since then, the Anglophone minority has felt marginalized and disadvantaged. In 2016, the conflict escalated during a strike by teachers and the judiciary. The central government reacted harshly to demands for greater equality. Meanwhile, separatist groups are calling for an independent Anglophone state of "Ambazonia," which the central government is fighting.
The churches have a central role in dealing with the conflict: they stand up for the disenfranchised Anglophone population, work for peace and are driving forces in humanitarian aid. The emergency relief and reconstruction program professionalizes the churches' involvement, and individual actions are complemented and coordinated to form a synergistic whole. In this way, the population receives well-coordinatedsupport and it is ensured that the help reaches where it is needed most.
Due to the ongoing crisis in the Anglophone regions, the focus of humanitarian aid is shifting from vital emergency aid in the form of food aid, medical care and the distribution of tents, blankets, hygiene items, etc. (so-called non-food items) to activities that give internally displaced persons a new perspective on life. Direct aid is still necessary, but is increasingly being supplemented by training and educational measures. The issue of trauma healing is becoming increasingly important. Many of those affected are severely traumatized by their experiences and need psychosocial support in order to regain their footing.
The humanitarian assistance provided by Mission 21's Emergency Relief and Recovery Program is particularly targeted at traumatized individuals, as well as women and children, who are most affected by the ongoing conflict.
Based on a recent United Nations survey, Mission 21 is engaged in Cameroon's northwest and southwest regions. Depending on the further development of the conflict and the humanitarian situation, the focus of the aid program may shift over time.
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