Cameroon: North-West and South-West – Situation Report No. 20, As of 30 June 2020 (OCHA)

JUNE 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

• Over 15,780 individuals from 2,625 households were reportedly displaced in the North West (NW) and South West (SW) regions in June due to ongoing violence.

• Only 6% of the 2020 targeted 355,000 children affected by crisis have had access to quality formal or non-formal basic education.

• 62% of respondentsin a GBV assessment acknowledged an increasing trend in GBV incidents and recognized high risks of domestic violence, denial of resources, unwanted pregnancies, child sexual abuse and sex for survival in the current COVID-19 context in the NWSW regions.

• 99% of GBV partners do not have enough resources to mitigate COVID-19 risks in their intervention; 55% of assessed health facilities do not have post rape kits.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Population in the NorthWest and SouthWest continue to suffer the severe humanitarian consequences of the socio-political crisis in both regions ongoing since 2016. Parties to the conflict have failed to heed to repeated global calls for a ceasefire as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. Lives continue to be impacted by the effects of continuous displacement, confrontations between the military and non-state armed groups (NSAGs) as well as the threats posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Increased tension and confrontations were observed in June as NSAGs enforced lockdowns in response to a government mission to the NWSW to sensitize communities on the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development (PPRD). NSAGs declared and enforced lockdowns from the 22 to 24 June and from 29 June to 2 July in the NW and SW respectively as a result of the PPRD mission. Additional lockdowns were also declared in some divisions and subdivisions such as Ngoketunjia in the NW and Mamfe Central in the SW as part of ongoing tensions in these localities.

Protection continues to be a major humanitarian concern in the NWSW. Civilians continue to be caught in crossfire while summary execution of civilians by both the military and NSAGs is on the rise. Temporary displacements continue to be recorded as civilians flee for safety. Over 15,780 individuals from 2,625 households were reportedly displaced in the NWSW due to ongoing violence during the month of June. Over 60% of the displacements were recorded in the NW. The advancing COVID-19 is also at the centre of humanitarian operations in the NWSW. The risk of the virus further spreading in the two regions remains high.

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