Cameroon: EU, Germany release 7.5 million euros for CAR refugees in Cameroon

Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The the European Union delegation and the German embassy in Cameroon on Tuesday in Bertoua, in the Eastern region, launched a 7.5 million-euro support programme to host populations and the refugees from Central African Republic.

Some 4.3 million euros (about 2.8 billion CFAF) is from by the EU Bekou fund and 3.2 million euros (about 2.1 billion CFAF) is from the German ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
It aims at supporting the communities in the eastern regions, Adamaoua and Northern Cameroon, affected by the movement of refugees from CAR.

"It is a concrete response from the European Union aimed at reducing the effect of the CAR crisis in Cameroon. By improving access to water and by initiating activities generating revenues, the action will also reduce the risks of tensions between refugees and local communities," said the head of the European Union Delegation to Cameroon, Françoise Collet.

Holger Mahnicke, German ambassador to Cameroon, said that in addition to this intervention targeting eastern Cameroon, Adamaoua and the north of the country, the German cooperation has provided about 2.1 million euros (about 1.34 billion CFAF) in similar actions in southern Chad and CAR.

The three-year project targets among other actions the building of water tanks and latrines, establishment of improved production workshops and the consolidation of dialogue around issues related to the refugees.

The European fudiciary fund, established by the European Commission, France, Germany and the Netherlands, aims to support the CAR authorities for stabilization and the rebuilding of the country. In May, Switzerland and Italy joined the fund which is estimated at 108 million euros.
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29 september 2015 21:10:00

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