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.

Diese Einschätzung zur aktuellen Lage im Westen von Kamerun stammt von Draufsicht Bamenda. Der Konflikt im englischsprachigen Teil des Landes bedroht derzeit nicht nur unser Kooperationsprojekt, sondern auch die Leben unserer Kolleg*innen und Freund*innen und ihrer Familien.


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Who now controls “Ambazonia”? – Updates on the Anglophone Crisis

Nothing seemingly is changing in regards to the Anglophone Crisis as attempts made by Government and Civil Society and Religious bodies seem to be abortive for each step ahead seems a step behind. The people of the Region are already sick and tired of being sick and tired.

A friend of mine talked to a displaced family in Douala living in a one-room house (Nine persons) and their greatest wish was to go back to their village (Kwa Kwa) in the South West Region of Cameroon. They just want to live regardless of oppression or freedom.

On the 21st and 22nd November, Religious authorities headed by Christian Cardinal Tumi organized an All Anglophone Conference in Buea that was to bring the peoples representatives from the Regions but unfortunately, the Government denied to grant permission for this body to hold. However many Ambazonians denied this Conference as they said it is a pro Biya conference. They then called for a five days Ghost town to frustrate the efforts of the Clergy.

The Government of Mr. Biya through a presidential Decree, however, has created a committee called “National Commission for Disarmament” on November 30th, 2018, appointing Fai Yengo Francis as head of the Commission. The main aim of the Committee is to reintegrate Ex-Boko Haram fighters as well as Ambazonian fighters. However, these efforts are coming only from the part of the Government without the Ambazonian Defense forces. Many have described this action as putting the cart in front of the halls.

Amidst these proposed solutions from the government, fighting continues between the Government forces and Ambazonia fighters in Kumbo where many shops and houses have been burnt as well as human lives lost on both camps.

Who now controls “Ambazonia”? The Interim Government of Ambazonia through their Communication Secretary Called for the annulations of Ghost towns on Mondays from December 3rd to the January 7th so that the people could enjoy the advent season, however, the Cho Ayaba the Military Commander said NO to this and on Monday 3rd December there was still the regular ghost town.

I try to be fair in my opinions though the sea ends at the shore.

Diese Einschätzung zur aktuellen Lage im Westen von Kamerun stammt von Draufsicht Bamenda. Der Konflikt im englischsprachigen Teil des Landes bedroht derzeit nicht nur unser Kooperationsprojekt, sondern auch die Leben unserer Kolleg*innen und Freund*innen und ihrer Familien.