Previous
Next

Country/Region

November 27, 2015

Since May 2013, violent insurgencies by the Boko Haram extremist group have led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region of northern central Africa.

August 21, 2015

Tens of thousands of people in northern Cameroon are in need of humanitarian aid after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. MSF teams are scaling up their assistance to the refugees and to local communities.

Interview with the Chadian Refugee Emergency Program Manager. Dr. Véronique Urbaniale is the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency mission program manager sent to Kousseri, in northern Cameroon. Since Feb. 2, tens of thousands of N’Djamena residents fleeing the Chadian capital have sought refuge in Kousseri. Dr. Urbaniale reports that the destitute populations urgently needed aid.

One week after the fighting is over, things are slowing getting back to normal in N’Djamena, Chad. The streets are starting to fill again, even if many shops in the town centre remain closed. In the hospitals too, the worst of the crisis has passed. At the peak of the fighting in the capital and during the days that followed, the few facilities that remained open had to deal with sizeable influxes of wounded. Most medical personnel have now returned to their posts and services have started up again. The main source of concern is currently the refugee situation in Cameroon and eastern Chad. While a good number of people have returned to N’Djamena, thousands of families do not yet dare to go home, and continue to survive in precarious conditions a few steps away from the border.

Road bandits are harassing populations in the border area between Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic (CAR). Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has opened a healthcare program for Bororo nomads and the local sedentary population in the Touboro area of Cameroon.