Humanitarian Response: Protection
The protection environment in the NWSW deteriorated due to the regional elections. There were regular confrontations between State Security Forces and NSAGs, restrictions of movement and lockdowns, an increase in the use of IEDs by NSAGs, targeted attacks and killings, threats against people as well as raids and indiscriminate arrests by State Security Forces hindering the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
UNHCR and Intersos carried out protection assessments and focus group discussions (FGDs) in the localities of Diche 1 in Widikum subdivision in the NW, in Mussang and Nsangwa in Bamenda 2 subdivision in the NW, in Malende and Ekona in Muyuka subdivision in the SW, in Tole in Buea subdivision in the SW, in Kesham in Mamfe subdivision in the SW, and in Mbalangi in Mbonge subdivision in the SW. Protection partners recorded 8,700 IDPs and 1,170 returnees. In December, protection partners collected 465 incident reports including the destruction of habitat, threat to life and personal security cases, murders and killings, and SGBV cases, which were referred to relevant GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) partners.
60 persons received psychosocial support, 174 persons received legal and cash assistance, 4,200 persons were sensitized on the rights and responsibilities of IDPs, while 130 community members, humanitarian actors and State authorities received protection training. Protection partners conducted monitoring activities for more than 150,000 persons and assisted 2,459 IDPs to obtain national identity cards and civil status documents.