Photo by Laurence Hoenig/MSF
Refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) wait in Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon, to be transferred to transit camps in Mbogorné. They are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but haven’t received any shelter, food or water. Between December 2013 and January 2014, several hundred thousand people fled abuse and violence in CAR, seeking refuge in Chad and Cameroon. After several months of displacement, the Central Africans who have reached Cameroon arrived exhausted and traumatized. Their health status is alarming, particularly in terms of nutrition, with nearly half of the children suffering from malnutrition. Read more: http://bit.ly/1std1C2
The Department of State has 58 nominees pending before the U.S. Senate, which has left us without permanent ambassadors in over 40 countries. That means we’re going without our strongest voice on the ground in more than 25 percent of the world.
Read Secretary Kerry’s personal plea to the Senate to confirm our Ambassadors at http://go.usa.gov/XyQj.
Today marks two years in Cameroon; 730 days not setting foot outside of Cameroon’s borders. It’s quite the mile-marker if you ask me. The two year mark means we are rounding towards the finish line of our Peace Corps service, that we are almost done, and that we will be saying goodbye to this adventure and shortly be welcoming the next chapter in life. While I wish I had some great insights on…
This last weekend, the neighborhood kids were taking advantage of the pause in the rain and were out playing in full force. There was the usual crew, plus about 5 extras we had only seen a handful of times before.
I noticed two things. One, that they weren’t playing soccer, and two, that they were playing really well together. Normally, there is a lot of yelling, a lot of complaining, and…
Cameroon’s neighbors leave a lot to be desired. No one is stopping by for tea and cookies or lending sugar when someone else is in need, rather, the nations are trying to survive in the midst of massive atrocities that have become daily talking points for Peace Corps Volunteers. Sandwiched between Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon…
If you’re a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Nkongsamba area, or pass through often, you know Justin Youmsi. Justin is the counterpart of the Agribusiness Volunteer posted in Poola, a quarter of Nkongsamba. Justin is great; he is the first person to make you laugh, works harder than most, and is dedicated to seeing his village improve and grow. As a PCV, he is a fantastic counterpart to work with!