YAOUNDE, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said on Tuesday it will begin stabilization efforts in nine localities of Cameroon's Far North region that have been ravaged by terror group Boko Haram.
"We will send our teams on the ground to assess the nine localities that have been identified by the program to immediately start work on the ground," Resident Representative of UNDP in Cameroon Jean-Luc Stalon said at the first board meeting of the program in Cameroon's capital city of Yaounde.
The program will establish state of law, security, infrastructure and socio-economic activities in the nine localities, said Paul Tasong, Cameroon's Minister Delegate to the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development in charge of planning.
"What we should expect is to see the internally displaced people go back to their natural zone of comfort; to see life regain the steam that it had prior to the crisis in the region; to see better standard of living for the inhabitants of the region. It will restore hope," Tasong said.
The project will run for two years, according to Stalon.
Boko Haram has killed about 2,000 people in Cameroon since 2014, according to local media quoting international NGOs. The Far North region has been hit hardest by the terror group.