YAOUNDE, Cameroon The Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has today announced over $27 million in funding to humanitarian partners to support people in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
“Canada is providing assistance to address the critical needs of the more than 20 million people who are affected by drought, food shortages and ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad Basin.” they said
In Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, millions of people are in need of life-saving assistance as a result of conflict, natural disasters and epidemics. Cameroon in particular, has more than half a million people who are displaced because of conflicts in the Lake Chad Basin and Central African Republic, adding pressure to already scarce resources and limited basic services in host communities.
“Canada’s contribution will provide vulnerable communities with food, acute malnutrition treatment, clean water, health care, protection services, including psycho-social support, and support for livelihoods. This support will save lives and help to alleviate the suffering of people living in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria” adds Matt DeCourcey
Matt DeCourcey made the announcement during his trip to Africa, which included a visit to Cameroon.
In 2018, 3.3 million people will need life-saving assistance in Cameroon to meet their basic needs. This represents an increase of approximately 14% since 2017. The funding announced today is in addition to the nearly $20 million in humanitarian assistance already announced in 2018. Today’s announcement also brings Canada’s total contribution this year for Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria to over $47 million.
In February 2018, Minister Bibeau visited Maiduguri and Bama, in northeast Nigeria, where she met with members of communities affected by the Lake Chad Basin crisis, including survivors of gender-based violence, children and new mothers, as well as representatives of key humanitarian organizations.