Three (03) staff members of Plan International, a UNHCR partner, were kidnapped by non-State armed groups (NSAG) fighters while they were distributing core relief items in Bamenda town during which a UNHCR vehicle on loan to the partner was taken away by the separatists, the general security situation in the North-West and South-West regions during the reporting month continued to indicate that the humanitarian space is further shrinking. In addition to the extensive use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by NSAG against Government Security and Defense Forces (GDSF), the killing of civilians, burning down of houses, abductions for ransoms and carjacking, some separatist fighters are now using more deadly weapons, including Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) which will potentially worsen the conflict and the already dire humanitarian situation.
During the reporting period, an estimated 1,525 individuals (256 households) were forced to flee Barnum II in Menchum valley subdivision (Menchum division) to Benakuma in Menchum valley sub-division (Menchum division) and in Akwaya sub-division (Manyu division) and Balikumbat sub-division (Ngo-Ketunjia division) to Bafanji (Bangang I neighbourhood) in Balikumbat sub-division (NgoKetunjia division) because of ongoing violence. The majority fled by foot and have found shelter in sub-standard buildings. The majority fled by foot and have found shelter in public non-damaged buildings. Those displaced by flood intend to return only after the rainy season, unless the administration finds a preventive solution, while those displaced by violence intend to return to their locations of origin once calm return.
Coverage against targets
An estimated 1,525 individuals (256 households) were forced to flee Barnum II in Menchum valley subdivision (Menchum division) to Benakuma in Menchum valley sub-division (Menchum division) and in Akwaya sub-division (Manyu division) and Balikumbat sub-division (Ngo-Ketunjia division) to Bafanji (Bangang I neighbourhood) in Balikumbat sub-division (NgoKetunjia division) because of ongoing violence.- Humanitarian needs were identified in all sectors especially Nutrition, Food, Shelter/NFI, WASH & Protection
During the reporting month 2,815 households were assisted in which 175 households in North West and 2,640 households in South West.In North West NRC through partner CBC distributed 175 integrated kits (Hygiene kits, menstrual hygiene kits, household/kitchen items and COVID kits) in Nkum, Bui Division reaching 1105 individuals (M=541, F=564) •SHUMAS continue assisting 41 students with rental accommodation in Bamenda. • Plan International reported the distribution of 5,764 soap from UNILEVER to 1,152 households in Mbonge, Kumba 1-2 Meme division • Plan international distributed 355 emergency shelter kits in Kumba-2 Meme reaching 2,275 individuals • NRC through AMEF distributed 150 emergency shelter kits in Meme. Reaching 750 individuals (M=383, F=383) • DRC reported the distribution of 1,371 emergency shelter kits in Kumba 1, Meme divisions reaching 6,855 individuals (3,496 F, 3,359 M)
Gaps / challenges
Logistics constraint continue to be a major access challenge. Truck break downs and poor road networks. Worse situations are in view with the coming of the rainy season. Distribution of shelter kits has been banned by local authorities until further notice. Funding to respond to shelter/NFI needs in NWSW and prohibited items within the shelter kits remained the main challenges of cluster partners. Threats from NSAGs is still a significant deterrent in the delivery of humanitarian aid in both the NW/SW regions - Illegal checkpoints and demand for money from NSAGs is recurrent especially along areas with limited state security presence.