UNV in action: humanitarian assistance in Cameroon

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19 August 2014
Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon

Refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed into Cameroon to escape violence in their country. The camp of Gado, in the Garoua-Boulaï area, is next to the border of CAR and receives refugees every day. Read the photo story of UN Volunteers helping improve the lives of people in the camp. In the aftermath of conflicts or natural disasters, people often need assistance from the international community. The United Nations is there to help get the aid flowing and to enable recovery and rehabilitation. UN Volunteers play a key part in delivering this assistance, and often at the front line.

National UN Volunteer Hamza Tidjani Ousmane, UNHCR WASH Officer in Batouri, is providing assistance to a young boy while inspecting water points on the site of Lolo, Batouri, Cameroon. (Rakotondrazafy A. M. Ny Aina/UNV, 2014)

In the aftermath of conflicts or natural disasters, people often need assistance from the international community. The United Nations is there to help get the aid flowing and to enable recovery and rehabilitation. UN Volunteers play a key part in delivering this assistance, and often at the front line.

Supporting the operations of various UN agencies, UN Volunteers engage in a wide range of roles, from registration to sanitation, with the ultimate aim to save and protect the lives of people including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), to alleviate suffering and to uphold human dignity.

Humanitarian assistance is a priority for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in order to fulfill its mandate to deliver peace and sustainable development through volunteerism.

Refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed into Cameroon to escape violence in their country. The camp of Gado, in the Garoua-Boulaï area, is next to the border of CAR and receives refugees every day.

Read the photo story of UN Volunteers helping improve the lives of people in the camp or see the photos