Patrick Youssef was talking during a press briefing in Douala, Littoral region, on the activities of the International Red Cross in the Anglophone regions, after he concluded a one week visit to Buea and Mutengene, South West region.
He announced that his visit to Cameroon was to better understand the humanitarian crisis, rising violence in the affected regions and help the people to be open to all humanitarian aid, be it from government or private bodies.
To Mr. Youssef, the situation in the North West and South West remain preoccupying. He revealed the Red Cross was ready to intervene and champion the humanitarian dialogue in the crisis, so that solutions to the affected masses can be provided.
He stressed on the fact that his institution was more concerned about the humanitarian aspect of the war than the political, reasons why they insist to intervene only on humanitarian issues.
The International Red Cross by mid-December 2018, had assisted some 460 displaced families in Mutengene and by May 2019, had extended its largess to 120 other displaced families in Ekona, still in the South West region.
He expressed worry that they are unable to reach to those affected, bow seeking refuge in the forests, who have no access to food and other basic needs. Mr. Youssef is certain that if all both factions involved in the war, understand the need to reach out to concerned persons(who never wanted a war in the first place), through a humanitarian dialogue, then part of the problem of this crisis would be solved.