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.