Community Journalismus in Kamerun unterstützen!

Draufsicht Bamenda hat gerade die Möglichkeit eine Menge Geld an Land zu ziehen, um das Projekt eine Nummer größer zu denken und für die kommenden zwei Jahre zu sichern! Wenn SODI es schafft 6.000 Euro zu sammeln, dann würde sich die Summe für das Community Journalismus Projekt VERZEHNFACHEN! ➡️ http://kamerun.sodi.de ⬅️

Im Detail:

Die seit mittlerweile drei Jahren anhaltende Krise im anglophonen Nord- und Südwesten Kameruns trifft in erster Linie die einfache Bevölkerung. Die Region hat sich zu einem Kriegsschauplatz zwischen dem Militär und den radikalisierten Milizen der Sezessionsbewegung verwandelt. Eine neutrale und auf die Folgen der Katastrophe ausgerichtete Berichterstattung ist äußerst selten. In Deutschland ist sich nur ein kleiner Teil der Bevölkerung über das tatsächliche Ausmaß des Konflikts bewusst. Die kamerunische Regierung hat die Pressefreiheit im Land deutlich eingeschränkt und lässt unabhängige Journalist*innen entweder verhaften oder verfolgen. Obwohl sich schockierende Fotos und Videos von Verbrechen der Anhänger des Militärs und der Milizen
rasend schnell im Internet verbreiten, kann die Authentizität dieser Meldungen häufig nicht garantiert oder der Ursprung der Bilder eindeutig nachvollzogen
werden. Beide Seiten des Konflikts bedienen sich propagandistischer Strategien im Kampf um die Deutungshoheit des Geschehens.

Die ehrenamtliche Gruppe Draufsicht Bamenda produziert seit Anfang 2017 Filme und Radiosendungen, die sich für ein friedliches und konstruktives Miteinander stark machen. Damit wollen sie auch in angespanntester Lage weitermachen. Ohne sich auf eine der Seiten im Konflikt zu schlagen, erzählen die jungen Erwachsenen die Geschichten von denjenigen, die Familienmitglieder oder ihr Zuhause verloren haben. Die Mitglieder des Kollektivs erhalten Schulungen in den Bereichen Friedens- und Community-Journalismus, bei der Überprüfung von Nachrichten auf ihren Wahrheitsgehalt und hinsichtlich der konfliktsensiblen Kommunikation mit Protagonist*innen. Sie selbst bieten für unterschiedliche Zielgruppen einen Raum für die emotionale Aufarbeitung von Erlebnissen, zum Beispiel mittels Theater-Workshops oder Übungen gewaltfreier Kommunikation. Ziel ist es zudem, ein solidarisches Netzwerk zu gründen, das junge Menschen im gemeinsamen kreativen Prozess zur aktiven Mitgestaltung der Gesellschaft einlädt.

Um die Förderung dieses Projekts in Höhe von 66.670 Euro zu sichern, wird ein Spendenanteil von 6.670 Euro benötigt. Spenden ist ganz einfach: https://www.sodi.de/projekt/draufsicht-fuer-kamerun/

 

May Updates on the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon

The Military of Cameroon have often been hailed by Government officials for being “Professionals” in their preservation of peace and National integrity I hear it’s called.

When the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights visited Cameroon in the month of May 2019, Civil Society organizations “Auctioned” the Biya’s regime to the International Community as THE MEDIAN news paper will call it.

Facts showed that about 2.5 Million learners do not go to school due to the crisis in the Anglophone Region and Boko Haram insurgency.

Over 550.000 persons have been displaced. According to Caritas Bamenda an arm of the Catholic Church for Justice and Peace, about 1500 houses burnt in Bui Division, 2000 plus in Momo Division, 1350 in Menchum Division including businesses, 400 plus in Boyo Division including about Six Hospitals. These burnings have never been accepted by any one party for taking responsibility until the Military burned in Alachu-Bamenda and the Governor of the North West Region set a commission of to evaluate the material damage so that it is compensated. Signed by the Governor on May 17th 2019.

Could this then be true that the military has been the ones behind the burnings? Who is behind the burnings of shops in Buea of businesses that open on Ghost town days?

Corpses found in various places in Bamenda, disappearances and death of young men are no longer news…” Caritas Bamenda.

The armed separatist group and the military are both accused of human rights abuses, yet no one appears to accept this.

In May 2019 only three babies less than a year have been killed and one shot intentionally. There are social media claims that the father of one is a Separatist Fighter that’s why the baby is killed…I cannot understand this at all why babies should suffer this cruel fate of human wickedness in a capitalist world where power, respect and money seem ultimate.

The civilians are caught in between; while the Government threatens legal sanctions to those who do not open their shops on Ghost town days (Mondays), the Separatist Fighters also threaten cruel sanctions to defaulters.

In Bamenda, beheading and amputating people who are against the struggle now is the new trend.

Kidnappings, distrust, fear of unknown, mayhem are on the rise.

Christians and Moslems have held prayers and popular is that of the men and women of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon who in their Study Material and annual prayers have this question: LORD TO WHOM SHALL WE GO TO?

Where shall the Civilian run to?

Who shall solve the crisis?

When the guns shall be put down for meaningful dialogue… WE HOPE…


This assessment of the current situation in the west of Cameroon comes from Drausicht Bamenda. The conflict in the English-speaking part of the country is currently threatening not only our cooperation project but also the lives of our colleagues, friends and their families.

February Updates on the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon

It is February again, One year the Governor of the North West Region of Cameroon Mr. Adolph Lele Afrique instituted curfew, the crisis seem to get worst by the day as it is an armed conflict at the moment, it baffles the administrators I guess.

The United Nations estimates internally displaced persons to be about 430.000 persons, this baffles despite “solutions” from the Government void of dialogue, it baffles everyone concerned.

The Ambazonian Fighters on “Ground Zero” ordered a Shutdown of the North West and South West Regions that started from the 4th February to the 15th February. During this period, there is basically no movement of both private and public transport vehicles across the Region, no businesses open talk of less of schools whose doors have cobwebs, these baffles many who ask why the people have to go through this in house long stay. Of course it is said to prevent Government from celebrating the 11th February which is a historical date since 1961 (We do this for another date)

The Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) of Professor Maurice Kamto on Saturday 26th January 2019 had a protest March in Douala, Yaoundé, Bafoussam and Mbouda with one of the reasons calling for Mr. Biya to have a dialogue with the Ambazonian Leadership to end the crisis, unfortunately they met heavy brutality of the police. Two prominent party members were shot on the legs according to the party, live bullets were used and the Government refutes this that the military is professional so they did not do this. This baffles me so much how “professionalism” can lead to pain of others.

The United States of America has suspended aid worth 17 million dollars to the military forces of Mr. Biya’s Government. This baffles the Government I guess because they had been promised to fight terrorism together. Interesting a day after, the US Ambassador to Cameroon visits Cameroon’s Communication Minister to reaffirm friendship ties between the two countries. This baffles me as I read this article:  US cuts aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns

Since January 5th 2018 that the Interim Leader of Ambazonia Sisiku Ayuk Tabe was arrested in Nigeria, some say kidnapped and brought to Yaoundé for judgments, steps ahead seem steps behind. Appearing in Court on the 7th February 2019, the judges from the government appoint two new persons to serve as interpreters since bilingualism in Cameroon is not bilingual a times it just baffles me. Now the case is adjourned for the 20th February 2019. I fear another ghost town again that may make it longer stay indoors for the population.

On the 23rd of February 2019, is the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope that brings athletes from different parts of the world, it baffles me that this race that is supposed to be in Buea for some reasons the medical test is conducted in  Douala for athletes.

Civilians, military and “Amba Fighters” keep losing precious lives by the day, looting, burning of properties, massive arrest, kidnappings, rape is on the increase.

It baffles me that the International Community is silent.

It baffles me that we are just quiet by some handiwork of fate to watch mayhem continue.

I try to be fair though it’s obvious the ocean ends at the shore.


This assessment of the current situation in the west of Cameroon comes from Drausicht Bamenda. The conflict in the English-speaking part of the country is currently threatening not only our cooperation project but also the lives of our colleagues, friends and their families.