Cameroon Displaced
Individuals displaced by ongoing violence receive USAID/OFDA-provided commodity kits that include blankets, cooking sets, hygiene supplies, and sleeping mats.

Latest Lake Chad Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region, including NigeriaCameroonChad, and Niger.

To date in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided nearly $15.8 million—including $1.5 million from USAID/OFDA, approximately $11.3 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), and $3 million from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM)—to support the humanitarian response in Cameroon’s Far North Region. This response is part of a larger response across the Lake Chad Basin, for which the USG has provided more than $641 million in FY 2018–2019 humanitarian funding.

According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), internally displaced households and poor host community households in Far North will likely face Stressed—IPC 2—levels of acute food insecurity through January 2020 due to seasonal depletion of food stocks and continued attacks by Boko Haram, which undermine livelihoods and result in the theft and destruction of personal property.

In response to the crisis in Far North, USAID provides multi-sector humanitarian assistance—including food, health, nutrition, protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene services—to populations in need. In June, USAID/FFP contributed an additional $2 million to WFP to provide locally and internationally procured in-kind food assistance to approximately 55,000 refugees in Far North’s Minawao refugee camp, as well as to 18,500 newly arrived internally displaced persons, Nigerian refugees, and returnees in the region. Meanwhile, USAID/OFDA continues to support two non-governmental organizations to operate safe spaces in Far North that offer gender-based violence case management and psychosocial support services. In addition, USAID/OFDA supports a partner in Far North to provide child protection messaging, case management, and referral services, as well as recreational activities for children.

USAID is also responding to humanitarian needs across Cameroon, where approximately 4.3 million people require humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. Populations in need include an estimated 530,000 IDPs affected by civil unrest and related insecurity in Cameroon’s Northwest and Southwest regions; more than 250,000 IDPs and 100,000 refugees associated with the Lake Chad Basin crisis in Far North; and nearly 280,000 Central African refugees, primarily in Adamawa and East regions.

USAID/OFDA is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Please visit our web page for additional information.


Since 2015, Far North has experienced attacks from Boko Haram and other organized armed groups that have disrupted basic services such as health and education, prompted population displacement, and limited agro-pastoral livelihoods. Overall, the UN reports that nearly 1.9 million people in Far North require humanitarian assistance as a result of insecurity. On November 14, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Peter H. Barlerin redeclared a disaster for FY 2019 due to the ongoing complex emergency in Cameroon. Separately, Ambassador Barlerin declared a disaster due to the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon’s Northwest and Southwest regions on July 13, 2018.

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Last updated: July 11, 2019

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