By Amos Fofung
Barely eight weeks ago, the world was quick to mourn and dole out millions of US dollars to rebuild the burnt Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, but these so-called “humanitarians and philanthropist” have been indifferent to the humanitarian crisis rocking the world, especially those in African countries.
For some time now, crisis, especially those in Africa largely go unfunded, further creating more chaos resulting in loss of human lives.
This week, the Norwegian Refugee Council, NRC analyzed 36 crises worldwide and chronicled ten of the world’s most neglected displacement crisis of 2018. Of the ten counties, seven are African states with Cameroon, topping the ranking followed by DR Congo, Central African Republic, and Burundi.
The council blames factors such as lack of economic support, media attention and political will from mostly foreign donors to the affected countries.
Arguing that although humanitarian assistance should be based on needs, and needs alone, they asserted that some “petite” crises receive much more attention and support than others.
“The international community is asleep at the wheel when it comes to the crisis in Cameroon. Brutal killings, burned-down villages and massive displacement have been met with deafening silence,” warned the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Jan Egeland about the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon.
Drumming for more attention in Africa which leads in humanitarian crisis, the council urged that increased attention to the crises will “prevent the suffering of millions of vulnerable people.”
On several occasions, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR have raised concerns over the fact that most humanitarian crisis in Africa largely goes unfunded, drumming for more support and aid.
But as the world continues to look away from the sufferings, many Pan Africanist propose that its time good enough for Africa to start looking out for itself as relying on foreigners has hardly yielded the much-desired results
These are the world’s ten most neglected displacement crises in 2018:
- DR Congo
- Central African Republic