" Working for Justice and Peace is a Question of Balance."

National Day of the United States of America 2019

Taking consideration of the strong ties and long collaboration between the Justice and Peace Service and the U.S Embassy Yaoundé Cameroon, the Coordinator Laura Anyola Tufon has been honoured with an invitation to attend the celebration of the National Day of the United States of America.

This event took place on Thursday June 27th 2019 at the U.S. Embassy Chancery, Yaoundé.

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Justice and Peace Service is made Part of an Ad Hoc Commission to Manage the Situation Of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

This Archdiocesan Ad Hoc Commission was created in the month of July 2018 by Most Rev. Cornelius Fontem Esua, Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Bamenda as a result of the consciousness that many people have been severely affected by the ongoing sociopolitical upheavals/armed conflict in the North West and South Regions of Cameroon.

This Commission is made up of the Justice and Peace, Health and Social Welfare/Caritas Services. It has as mandate to provide Food and Non Food Items, Health Care, Psychosocial Support and Re-establishment of lost or destroyed Identification Documents to IDPs.

With support from the Diocese of Portsmouth, UK, the Ad Hoc Commission has been able to provide humanitarian aid to about 4.500 IDPs from the affected regions residing within Bamenda Town and beyond.

Paying particular attention to nutrition, hygiene and sanitation needs, the following items were distributed to the IDPs; Washing Soap, Vegetable Oil, Beans, Maggi Cubes, Rice, Maize Dignity Kits, Palm Oil, Soya Beans, Garri (Cassava Flour), Groundnuts, and Koki Beans.

Some Parishes equally benefited from this support. These are St. Joseph Mankon, Christ the King Mbengwi, St. Jude Fundong, St. Theresa Bamessing, Christ the King Fuli-Kom, St. Francis Xavier Bali Nyonga, St. Anthony Njinikom, All Saints Bayelle, St. John the Baptist Foncha Street, Immaculate Conception Ngomgham, Queen of Peace Njimafor, and St. Clementine Anwarite Yemge.

Given that there are many more IDPs than we have supported with the available means, added to the fact that the armed conflict is still ongoing, with a continues influx of IDPs, this Ad Hoc Commission, like Oliver Twist, continues to solicit for more support from organizations and people of goodwill, which will enable us better meet the humanitarian needs of these IDPs, while greatly praying that a lasting solution to this conflict is found soonest.

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JPS Engages on Identification, Registration and Support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

We have been engaged on the identification, registration, needs assessment, legal assistance, counseling, re-establishment of destroyed or misplaced identification documents, and case management with IDPs.

A database has been established for this process, and so far, we have registered over 10,500IDPs, with a good number of them coming from areas most affected in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon like Momo, Boyo, Ngoketunjia, Menchum, Bui, Nkambe, Mezam, Lebialem, Manyu, Meme, Ndian, Fako, Meme, etc., and are mostly made up of women, children and young girls, with a high prevalence rate of pregnancy. Also amongst these IDPs are a good number of elderly persons, orphans as a result of the crisis/war, and Persons with impairments and other health challenges.

Based on the premise that during violent conflict/war, women, children and girls are mostly affected, we organized workshops with over 100 Female IDPs from Boyo and Momo Divisions on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in times of Conflict on the 26th of February and the 21st of June 2019 respectively. During these sessions, the women and girls were drilled on what GBV is all about; its forms, types, consequences and settings within which it is most common. Added to these, participants were also equipped with knowledge on the available services and support to GBV Survivors, and they also acquainted themselves with GBV Safety Planning Tools and the Legal Implications of this phenomenon.

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Training Session on the Identification & Registration Process

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The Coordinator of the JPS joins the IDPs to share in their Pains and Sorrows

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A Cross Section of IDPs cuing up for Registration

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IDPs give their details at the Registration Desks

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