According to UNHCR and WFP, almost 90,000 people have fled across the border between CAR and Cameroon since December last year.
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres stressed that most of the refugees arriving in Cameroon from CAR were exhausted, often acutely malnourished and sick.
“This is the most recent tragedy resulting from the escalating bloodshed that has torn CAR apart,’’ Cousin said in a statement.
She urged that all sides must act and intervene to save lives and prevent a worsening situation.
“Many of the people we are trying to help are starved and dangerously ill, meaning that the challenge is much more than just ensuring safe haven, it’s about trying to save people’s lives after they arrive,’’ Guterr
Currently, the Regional Refugee Response Plan for CAR is only nine per cent funded.
The plan involves UNHCR, WFP and 13 other partners in the four countries affected by the CAR refugee crisis – Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo.
In Cameroon, WFP launched an emergency operation to feed 100,000 people and is seeking 15 million dollars over eight months. (Xinhua/NAN)