Even when it was believed that Boko Haram attacks have reduced drastically in Nigeria and neigbouring countries, Cameroon suffered 60 occurrences in 2017.

This is a sign that the dreaded group is still operating in the region.

UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms Ursula Mueller said Cameroon was the country most impacted by the regional extension of the Boko Haram conflict.

“In 2017, there were more than 60 suicide attacks in the Far North representing a 50 per cent increase compared to 2016.

“Some 3.3 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance. In the Far North, one out of every three people is facing crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity.

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“But Cameroon’s Humanitarian Response Plan has only received five per cent of the U.S. 305 million dollars required to respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs,” she said.

The UN deputy relief chief stated this on her arrival in Chad for a two-day visit to see first-hand the humanitarian situation in the country.

She would assess efforts of the humanitarian community to respond in a context of chronic underfunding, multiple humanitarian crises and development challenges in the country.

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Mueller is expected to meet with Chadian authorities, humanitarian and development partners as well as impacted populations.

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