Helping Women Refugees and Internally Displaced of the Anglophone Crisis Conflict in Cameroon

The on-going Southern Cameroon crisis has seen thousands of victims flee in search of safer haven. Some victims were forced to move in with their family and friends in small over-crowded houses in non-affected towns with little to eat, while others have been trapped in bushes between the Cameroon and Nigeria border. Although many people seeking refuge go to refugee camps in Nigeria, thousands of others, especially women and children, remain internally displaced and often suffer terrible health conditions. Majority of the victims who managed to escape into bushes during these violent conflicts barely have enough to eat or drink, no decent place to live, and no proper sanitation or basic hygiene materials.

The situation for women and mothers is dire. There have been cases of women using leaves or barks of trees as sanitary pads, and pregnant women giving birth within bushes under unhealthy conditions. In an interview with BBC Focus on Africa, a 16-year-old explained how difficult it is to get sanitary towels in the bushes, as the closest town is far away and unsafe. Some are forced to use rags during their periods. They are aware of the danger of such acts and how easily they can get infected, but with little or no choice, they strive hard to survive. Another woman shared her experience on how she uses “Moss Plant” that grows on cocoa trees as tampons and sanitary towels during her menstrual cycle over the last six months since she started living in the bush.

Efforts to reach these people stranded in bush settlements and internally displaced communities have been  challenging, but the Cameroon Humanitarian Relief Initiative, CHRI, has remained steadfast in its mandate to provide support and assistance to victims of the conflict. CHRI in partnership with CARITAS (a catholic non-profit) provided sanitary products, and emergency pregnancy and childbirth care to IDPs in the Kumba locality

Other outreach services provided by CHRI have included:

  • basic hygiene products to women such as underwears, and washing, bathing and cleaning products.
  • assisted over 36 nursing mothers and 65 pregnant women by providing them with childbirth and delivery kits. Some children were delivered in the bushes and unfortunately one child had to be rescued whose mother died during birth.
  • provided healthcare services to 19 children (11 boys and 8 girls).
  • in Nigeria we’ve partnered with Rhema Care to provide essential supplies including hygienic and sanitary products, pregnancy and childbirth kits, baby items and baby.

Below are some pictures taken during the various outreaches in Cameroon and Nigeria.

Photo 1: Refugees from various camp settlements in Cross River, Nigeria in line to get food items provided by CHRI

 

Photo 2: Refugees from various camp settlements in Cross River, Nigeria in line to get food items, healthcare services and kits provided by CHRI

 

Photo 3: Refugees from various camp settlements in Cross River, Nigeria in line to get food items provided by CHRI

 

Photo 4: More  Refugees from various camp settlements in Cross River, Nigeria in line to get food items provided by CHRI

 

Photo 5: An Internally displaced pregnant woman being provided proper general health check-up

 

Photo 6: A team of health workers alongside some internally displaced pregnant women in NWSW, Cameroon

 

Photo 7: Some internally displaced children awaiting basic healthcare check-up at a healthcare facility in Kumba, Cameroon

 

Photo 8: A nursing mother being presented with some child care items provided by CHRI in Kumba, Cameroon

 

Photo 9: A nursing mother being presented with some child care items provided by CHRI in Kumba, Cameroon

 

Photo 10: A nursing mother being presented with some child care items provided by CHRI in Kumba, Cameroon

 

Photo 11: A nursing mother being presented with some child care items provided by CHRI in Kumba, Cameroon

 

Photo 12: A nursing mother being presented with some child care items provided by CHRI in Kumba, Cameroon

 

Photo 13: Some pregnant refugees from various camp settlements in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria being provided hygiene and sanitary products, child birth kits and food items by CHRI.

 

Photo 14: Some pregnant refugees being presented with some childcare and food items provided by CHRI in Cross River, Nigeria

 

Photo 15: Some pregnant refugees from various camp settlements in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria being provided hygiene and sanitary products, child birth kits and food items by CHRI

 

Photo 16: Some pregnant refugees from various camp settlements in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria being provided hygiene and sanitary products, child birth kits and food items by CHRI

 

Photo 17: Nursing mothers being presented with some childcare items provided by CHRI in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

 

Photo 18: More items distributed to Pregnant and Nursing Mothers at One of the Distribution Centers  

 

Photo 19: Some food items provided by CHRI to be distributed amongst refugees from various camp settlements in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

 

Photo 20: Refugees within settlement camps in Cross River, Nigeria in line to get some food items provided by CHRI

 

We appreciate all our current and prospective donors and partners; only through your support is this work possible. We humbly request your further financial donations and support to make these outreach efforts successful.  $10 provides 1 weeks’ worth of essential food for a refugee. Please visit our website to donate at www.chrelief.org/donate or contact us at info@chrelief.org if you would like to discuss how you can help. You may also mail a check to: CHRI at 4413 Nuttall Road, Fairfax, VA 22032.

 

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