Friday, February 28, 2020

Under pressure, a senior UN official leaves Cameroon

Jack Andrew Pendleton, head of the Bamenda sub-office at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Cameroon, is said to have left the country at the end of his contract, said a source close to the institution.

The man who has more than thirty years of experience in the management of humanitarian emergency programs, more than twenty-seven years in senior United Nations coordination posts, has been office manager and senior liaison officer host governments. Seven years of work with the INGO, mainly as chief operating officer and COP. Twelve years at OCHA, nine years at UNHCR and eight years at WFP, had granted a press point to Bamenda, according to Laarry News Room on February 15, 2020, one day after the massacre in Ngarbuh which left at least 22 dead according to UN sources. 

Rumors are rife that he must have been under some pressure from the government after holding the meeting at 4:30 p.m. on that fateful Saturday.

"I think the situation needs to be checked further and I think a very serious investigation should start as soon as possible. It has to be studied, it has to be understood, it has to stop now ... It brings a new dimension to work because the people of north-west Cameroon are seriously traumatized. It becomes a very psychological challenge for any humanitarian to work with all the victims and survivors of this conflict because the socio-economic and psychological impact here in the northwest of Cameroon is deep and wide everywhere I have worked in 14 war zones around the world, "he said.