The UN highlighted the worsening situation in Cameroon on Thursday 24th Jan, due to separatist unrest, coupled with Boko Haram jihadist violence, saying that it caused a "drastic increase" in the need for humanitarian assistance.
In a news conference in Geneva, Allegra Baiocchi, UN Development & Humanitarian Coordinator, said, "Cameroon today can no longer be a forgotten crisis. It needs to be high on our agenda," AFP reports.
Baiocchi said the UN estimates the twin crises afflicting the country have left some 4.3 million people or one in six of the population requiring lifesaving assistance.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spoke of its deep concern over insecurity, which it said had uprooted 437,000 people, the situation made worse by a "deteriorating situation" in northeast Nigeria, from where around 100,000 people have fled to Cameroon.
Baiocchi said, “Humanitarian needs are likely to increase in coming years," adding, "This is worrying as humanitarian response budgets have rarely been adequately funded over the past years."
The UN noted that a $320 million response plan last year for Cameroon was only 40% funded.