Date: 24.04.2019 Since 2014, the Far North region of Cameroon has been affected by the Lake Chad crisis, which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people within the country and across the border into Nigeria. But as Cameroon has been grappling with this challenge, a second, little-known humanitarian situation has also been evolving in the country’s North-West and South-West Regions. Violence between government forces and separatist non-state armed groups from the English-speaking community has escalated sharply, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and leaving them in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Here are five things to know about how violence is affecting people in North-West and South-West Cameroon:

1. Large numbers of people have been displaced

According to UN OCHA, since 2016, growing violence between English-speaking separatists and central government forces in North-West and South-West Cameroon has uprooted 530,000 people from their homes. Facing attacks, physical and sexual violence, threats, kidnappings, killings, and the burning of villages, many people have fled to rural areas, where they live in extremely poor conditions in makeshift shelters in the forest or bush. Others have been forced to relocate to other cities, where they live on the street, or with host families in overcrowded and unsanitary settings.