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NRC in Cameroon

NRC started activities in Cameroon in April 2017 to assist people displaced by the armed group Boko Haram.


Total # of refugees from the country:
Total # of refugees to the country:
Total # of internally displaced:
New refugees from the country in 2017:
New refugees to the country in 2017:
New internally displaced in 2017:
Source: UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The figures are from the beginning of 2018.


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2017.


Humanitarian overview


Since 2014, Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon have continued to wreak havoc in the Lake Chad Basin region, forcing thousands to seek refuge in the country's Far North region. Nearly 89,000 Nigerian refugees, 238,099 internally displaced people and 83,141 returnees live here.

Attacks by armed groups in the Far North have created urgent needs, particularly among women and girls. Limited resources make it difficult to meet the needs of the growing number of displaced people in the region where 2.6 million people are food insecure. Around 1.5 million of them are children.

Many people have lost their civil documentation, and are therefore restricted in their movements. Nearly 36 per cent of school-aged children in the most affected areas do not possess birth certificates, limiting their chances of completing their education.

In the English speaking South West and North West regions of Cameroon, a new crisis started in 2016. It escalated in October 2017, leading to the displacement of over 200, 000 people and around 40,000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria.


People we helped in Cameroon in 2017

people benefited from our shelter programme
people benefited from our WASH programme


NRC’s operation

In response to the needs of people fleeing their homes in the Lake Chad Basin area, we opened a country office in April of 2017. Since then, we have responded to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable, displaced people in the Far North region. We opened an office in the South West Region in June 2018.


NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)


We identifychallenges related to civil documentation and provide free information, counselling and legal assistance to displaced and returnee populations. Our teams: 

  • visit communities to register cases and counsel displaced people who lack identity documents and birth certificates 

  • organise group information sessions 

  • support displaced people who encounteradministrative hurdles in accessing civil documentation 

  • support registrar’soffices with birth certificate registers to facilitate the transcription of birth certificate records 

We alsoconducted a study on Housing, land and property (HLP) in the region, where our experts are:  

  • visiting communities to register HLP related cases and counsel displaced people on their HLP rights 

  • training the humanitarian NGOs on HLP rights as cross cutting issues   

  • training the local authorities on HLP rights and Collaborative Dispute Resolution 




NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements


The increasing number of displaced people has created great need for shelter. We work to ensure thatdisplaced peopleand returnees have dignified shelters for physical protection. Our teams: 

  • distributemosquito nets, blankets, sleeping mats, and tools for farming 

  • provideemergency shelters for displaced populations in informal settings during acute phases of an emergency 

  • provide material supportwhile constructingpermanent shelters for returnees whose homes were destroyed during the conflict 




NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion


We support local authorities in operating and maintaining water systems that provide drinking water. Our teams 

  • distribute hygiene kits including items like soap and cloth for filtering water. 

  • repair broken boreholes and construct new ones 

  • train and support Water Management Committees 

  • support councils with spare parts and borehole maintenance toolkits 

  • construct emergency and family latrines 

  • conduct hygiene promotion activities  







NRC Cameroon is grateful for the generous support from our donors:


  • Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) 
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 
  • United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) 
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 
  • Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)  
  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) 
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)  


About NRC in (country)

International staff
Areas of operations
Logone & Chari, Mayo Sava and Mayo Tsanaga Divisions in the Far North Region and the South West and North West regions
Budget 2018
USD 2.5 million
National staff

Contact NRC Cameroon

Country director

David Manan


+237 655414442/666741517