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(Hello Africa) ICRC sows seeds of hope for displaced people in Cameroon’s Far North region

A staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) registers information of beneficiaries before the distribution of food and seeds in Hile Alifa, Cameroon, June 12, 2024. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

An agricultural program by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping the displaced persons in Cameroon’s Far North region to earn a living through farming.

In Hile Alifa, a locality in Logone-et-Chari division of Cameroon’s Far North region, hundreds of displaced people live in a sprawling mass of shelter made of wood and tall grass.

Abaicho Boukar is one of them. He fled with his two wives and children after gunmen invaded his village, Karina, and inflicted pain and suffering on the villagers.

They hoped to find peace and sanctuary when they arrived at Hile Alifa but again, life became unbearable.

More than 80 percent of the population in the region rely on agriculture to make a living but years of fighting between government forces and Boko Haram armed groups and worsening humanitarian crises have left the region’s agriculture sector struggling.

Far North region, Cameroun Actuel
People wait for the distribution of food and seeds by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Hile Alifa, Cameroon, June 12, 2024. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

The bloody insurgency has prevented farmers from planting or harvesting crops for years in volatile parts of the region, forcing once wealthy farmers like Boukar to live beggarly.

« There is no money and no food to eat. Look at the children. I have 20 children, two of them remain in Karina. We do not have food, » Boukar said.

As conflict and insecurity are the main drivers of acute food insecurity, the situation is precarious in the Far North region where internally displaced persons and refugees put a strain on household stocks and productive resources of host households.

There is hope.

An agricultural program by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping the displaced persons to earn a living through farming.

When Xinhua reporters arrived at Hile Alifa, ICRC was distributing seeds to the displaced people and host communities ahead of the rainy season to boost food security and combat growing hunger and dwindling aid in a region threatened with famine.

Far North region, Cameroun Actuel
People wait for the distribution of food and seeds by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Hile Alifa, Cameroon, June 12, 2024. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

The bloody insurgency has prevented farmers from planting or harvesting crops for years in volatile parts of the region, forcing once wealthy farmers like Boukar to live beggarly.

« There is no money and no food to eat. Look at the children. I have 20 children, two of them remain in Karina. We do not have food, » Boukar said.

As conflict and insecurity are the main drivers of acute food insecurity, the situation is precarious in the Far North region where internally displaced persons and refugees put a strain on household stocks and productive resources of host households.

There is hope.

An agricultural program by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping the displaced persons to earn a living through farming.

When Xinhua reporters arrived at Hile Alifa, ICRC was distributing seeds to the displaced people and host communities ahead of the rainy season to boost food security and combat growing hunger and dwindling aid in a region threatened with famine.

Far North region, Cameroun Actuel
People wait for the distribution of food and seeds by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Hile Alifa, Cameroon, June 12, 2024. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

The bloody insurgency has prevented farmers from planting or harvesting crops for years in volatile parts of the region, forcing once wealthy farmers like Boukar to live beggarly.

« There is no money and no food to eat. Look at the children. I have 20 children, two of them remain in Karina. We do not have food, » Boukar said.

As conflict and insecurity are the main drivers of acute food insecurity, the situation is precarious in the Far North region where internally displaced persons and refugees put a strain on household stocks and productive resources of host households.

There is hope.

An agricultural program by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is helping the displaced persons to earn a living through farming.

When Xinhua reporters arrived at Hile Alifa, ICRC was distributing seeds to the displaced people and host communities ahead of the rainy season to boost food security and combat growing hunger and dwindling aid in a region threatened with famine.

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