Over 100,000 people have fled the Central African Republic in the past few months. The exhausted new arrivals survive in dreadful conditions. Our emergency team has been deployed to Cameroon to provide essential aid to several thousands of these refugees.
They walked for months, putting their lives at risk, before ending up here in Cameroon. They hid. They were robbed, attacked. They drew water from rivers to quench their thirst. They ate grass. It was better to be ill than to starve... More than a million people have had to flee their homes in the CAR since violence broke out last December. Over 100,000 people managed to reach neighboring Cameroon, mainly the North and East Regions, and Adamawa Region.
Thousands of refugees to cross the border from the CAR by December 2014
"We're seeing people who are extremely weak, dehydrated, and malnourished. They need immediate help," explains Sandra Lamarque, head of our emergency team, from Gado Badzere. "What's more, the camps are overflowing. For example, the camp that I'm in now was designed to hold 8,000 people. More than 15,000 people live here now. So they only have 10 liters of water per day, and share one toilet between 100 people. There are fewer refugees coming from the CAR than there were in April. It used to be thousands every week, and there were only a few hundred in September. But that is still a considerable number of people."
Recent predictions indicate that several tens of thousands of refugees from the CAR will cross the Cameroon border between September and the end of December, so our emergency team needs your support more than ever.