What is a Displacement Camp

What is a displacement camp?

Displacement camps are places for refugees and internally displaced people. After fleeing violence and conflict, families often have nowhere to go. Displacement camps are intended to be temporary facilities to provide immediate protection and assistance to these families. Their purpose is to provide a safe haven for displaced people to meet their basic needs.

The average length of time people spend in camps varies by crisis. There are situations where conflict has been ongoing for more than five years. In these situations, it is not uncommon for families to spend years or even decades in these camps. Sometimes entire generations grow up in these camps.

What is Happening in Minawao Camp, Cameroon

Minawao camp in Cameroon was set up to support families fleeing Boko Haram violence and the Lake Chad Basin crisis. It was established in 2013 and was set up to host 35,000 fleeing insecurity.

Today, that number has almost doubled. The camp continues to receive a significant number of new arrivals as the Lake Chad Basin crisis continues.

Conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government has led to indiscriminate attacks against civilians including suicide bombings, kidnappings, and shootings. The conflict to date has displaced 1.8 million people in Nigeria alone, but affects the neighbouring countries of Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

How Is ShelterBox Helping?

ShelterBox has been working in Minawao camp since 2014 supporting families in their recovery journey. To date, ShelterBox has supplied tents and vital supplies to 10,000 families in the camp! Right now, ShelterBox is the only provider of tents in Minawao camp.

The goal of ShelterBox’s work in Minawao camp is to improve the living conditions of people through emergency shelter and household items. Most recent project distributions also aspire to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 through additional household supports like washbasins and soap.

Supporting families in Minawao camp is an ongoing activity for ShelterBox. We constantly listen to families who have received aid and strive to improve how we deliver items to support families in their long-term recovery.

What Is Conflict

ShelterBox is committed to supporting families in their recovery from conflict. But what is conflict?

Ethiopia Conflict

Ongoing crisis in Tigray has forced thousands to flee their homes.

What is a Refugee

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, violence, or conflict.