Cameroon lays guidelines for humanitarian support to IDPs in troubled Anglophone regions

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YAOUNDE, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The Cameroonian government on Tuesday issued guidelines for humanitarian agencies that want to give support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the two troubled English-speaking regions of the country.

"We have given them (humanitarian) guidelines on how to do the operations on the field. Most of the time, we have had misunderstandings, so we had to build some confidence and put down principles (in the guidelines)", Cameroon's Minster of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji said on Tuesday after meeting with international donors in Buea, chief town of Southwest, one of the regions ravaged by armed separatists.

The Cameroonian government has repeatedly accused some local and international NGOs of using the conflict to "make financial gains" to the detriment of the suffering population.

"The policy of humanitarian assistance is put in place by the government and then our partners come and assist us in the process. They have the constraints of being neutral but neutrality has to do with transparency. The local government authorities must be aware of what they are offering and to whom they are offering the assistance," Nji said.

Nji warned that aid agencies which fail to respect the government guidelines will not be allowed to distribute their aid to the IDPs.

More than 430,000 people have been displaced internally since armed separatist forces declared the "independence" of the two English-speaking regions from the largely French-speaking country in November 2017, according to the United Nations. Enditem

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