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Press trip to Cameroon

13 May - 18 May 2017, Cameroon (DG ECHO)

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The EJC is inviting eight journalists from EU28 media to a five-day pres trip to Cameroon, arriving in Yaounde on 13 May 2017. The trip is organised on behalf of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) department.

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains extremely serious more than three years after the crisis erupted in December 2013. Over 462 000 Central African refugees are still in neighbouring countries (UNHCR, End November 2016). The East of Cameroon host 274 000 of them. How do they live? Is there any hope for them to return soon? As this refugee crisis becomes protracted, humanitarian organisations who have been providing relief are also looking at shifting it to from purely humanitarian assistance towards support to livelihoods and more autonomy for the refugees. With over €355 million provided since 2014, the European Union is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to CAR. The European Commission alone has provided €111.5 million (in addition to over €37 million for Central African refugees in neighbouring countries) in humanitarian aid since 2013.

The trip aims to increase awareness on this largely forgotten refugee situation, and the conflict behind it.

The programme will start in Yaounde but will mainly consist of field visits and will include extensive travel. A detailed programme will be announced shortly.

Please note that the organisers will cover travel, accommodation, visa costs and special travel insurance during the programme. Participants will be required to apply for a visa and will need to get vaccinated for yellow fever (mandatory).

Journalists selected for the trip will have the opportunity to arrive earlier or leave the country later than the group, provided that the flights can be organised at the same cost. However, those that stay longer in the country will have to make their own arrangements for their additional days at their own cost. For more information contact Bianca Lemmens at lemmens@ejc.net

If you are interested in attending this press trip, please register & apply directly on our EJC Seminars website by April 27, 2017. The event will give priority to journalists covering foreign affairs and humanitarian issues. Please note, all seminar dates, times and project visits are subject to change.

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