CHRI Update – June 11, 2020


Greetings from CHRI! We hope this finds you and your family in safe and sound health during this challenging period of COVID-19. We remain fully engaged in our mission to bring humanitarian relief to the populations displaced as a result of the ongoing crisis and civil war in Southern Cameroons. Thousands of innocent lives continue to be lost directly or indirectly due to the conflict. The destruction to properties and businesses is worth billions. The prospect of famine and hunger during the coming season is real as farming has not been done in many places. Finally, COVID-19 is already causing a significant number of deaths in Cameroon and poses a huge threat to the vulnerable populations that are either internally displaced or refugees in Nigeria.

On Saturday, June 6th, 2020 we successfully implemented a relief outreach to Southern Cameroon refugees in Taraba state, Nigeria, specifically the Gembu community. We distributed food items (Garri, Beans, Corn), and locally produced face masks and Hand Sanitizers to 520 refugees. We acknowledge the immense support of Ms. Victorine Nyuydze (a resident of Gembu) who helped coordinate the outreach.

Also, we successfully carried out our 38th donation of food items and sanitary materials to the Southern Cameroons detainees at the Kondengui Central Prison, Yaounde on June 3rd, 2020.

Despite the pandemic and even more so because of the pandemic, we remain committed to bringing relief and rely solely on your generosity and continuous financial support to ensure that our brothers and sisters are fed and stay healthy during these hard times. Pictures of the prison outreach are also attached to this letter. We also continue to advocate more international public awareness of the gruesome human rights violations and attacks in Southern Cameroon. Recently, the previously announced mental Trauma Intervention Project (TIP) in collaboration with local church organizations has been deferred as a result of the pandemic.

We continuously offer our sympathies, prayers and condolences to all those who have seen loved ones brutally killed, injured, violated and affected by this unending violence.

We received a distress message from our partners in Cameroon regarding the famine in Mfumteh, Nwa/Yamba, Saah communities and neighboring villages. We would like to help all those affected within these identified villages and communities the best way we can. To achieve this, we request your financial support all of which will go towards the project. No effort is too small during these challenging times. $10 can provide 1 weeks’ worth of food for an internally displaced person or refugee. Please visit our website to donate at or mail a cheque to: CHRI at 4413 Nuttall Road, Fairfax, VA, 22032. You can contact us at if you would like to discuss other ways to help or support our mission.

Kindly follow our Facebook page on and twitter at @chri_relief to be part of our movement.


Joseph Agabi Abua, M.A., M.S.W. | Graduate Assistant, Institute for Human Rights

                                                         Coordinator, Cameroon Humanitarian Relief Initiative (CHRI)

UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

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