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À Limbé, des francophones se disent “terrifiés” par des séparatistes anglophones

africanews | Kidnapping, assassinats ciblés, méfiance d’anglophones. Des Camerounais d’expression française résidant à Limbé, au sud-ouest anglophone du pays, disent être pris pour cibles par des séparatistes anglophones. Et la hantise ne fait que s’amplifier au fil de l‘évolution de la crise anglophone.

“On vit dans la peur” affirme Edouard, habitant de Limbé, cité balnéaire de la région camerounaise du Sud-Ouest anglophone, où les francophones sont régulièrement pris pour cibles par des groupes séparatistes armés.

Dans cette ville cosmopolite où vit une importante communauté francophone, le malaise prend de l’ampleur au fur et à mesure que la crise anglophone s’amplifie.

De nombreux francophones, militaires et civils, ont préféré faire partir leurs familles par crainte d’agressions. “J’ai déplacé ma famille vers Douala”, la capitale économique proche, explique Edouard, jeune cadre administratif installé à Limbé depuis plusieurs années, car “on vit dans la peur”. D’autres témoins, sous couvert d’anonymat, affirment avoir eu des proches “torturés” par des séparatistes.

Edouard n’ose plus retourner à Mile 4, quartier périphérique où il vivait depuis des années jusqu‘à son déménagement en juillet. Surplombé par des montagnes, ce quartier, coupé des autres zones de Limbé, est un des rares de la ville où les séparatistes rôdent, armes et machettes à la main, pour marquer leur présence, selon des témoins.

Méfiance réciproque

Le reste du temps, ils sont reclus dans les montagnes environnantes. Dans la nuit du 26 au 27 septembre, ils ont attaqué le commissariat de Mile 4, tuant deux policiers. Le quartier a été bouclé par l’armée durant plusieurs jours.

Auparavant, plusieurs incursions de séparatistes visant à intimider les francophones ont été rapportées à Mile 4. “Ils sont entrés dans le quartier et ont commencé à demander la maison des francophones”, témoigne un habitant. “Ils sont passés chez moi à deux reprises pour me kidnapper, mais je ne m’y trouvais pas, heureusement”, ajoute-t-il.

Selon lui, “ils ont tenté de kidnapper un voisin, mais il a réussi à s‘échapper”. “Il est arrivé aussi qu’ils viennent nuitamment entonner l’hymne national de l’Ambazonie (nom de l’Etat anglophone que les séparatistes veulent créer) devant la maison de certains francophones”, poursuit-il.

La multiplication de telles incursions a contraint Edouard à déplacer sa famille, puis il a vécu plusieurs jours à l’hôtel avant de trouver un logement dans un autre quartier.

À Church Street, rue chic du centre-ville, plusieurs personnes prennent un verre dehors, mais francophones et anglophones forment des groupes séparés.

“En règle générale, il y a une mixité dans la vie des gens ici, mais en raison de la crise, il règne un climat de méfiance, les anglophones se méfient des francophones et vice-versa”, affirme Edouard.

“Le malaise actuel peut basculer vers quelque chose de plus grave”, prévient un responsable d’une ONG locale qui préfère rester anonyme.

S’estimant marginalisés, les anglophones réclament plus de considération, les plus radicaux militant pour la création d’un Etat anglophone indépendant regroupant les régions du Sud-Ouest et du Nord-Ouest, en proie à un conflit armé depuis près d’un an qui a fait des centaines de morts.

Amalgame

La crise actuelle “a permis aux anglophones de conclure qu’ils ne peuvent plus rien faire avec nous (francophones) parce qu’ils nous trouvent médiocres”, souligne Danielle, installée à Limbé depuis 2005 et vivant avec un anglophone.

Mais pour Lessly, un des rares anglophones à accepter de s’exprimer sur le sujet, le malaise actuel découle en partie d’un amalgame. “Un citoyen (anglophone) ordinaire que tu rencontres dans la rue assimile les destructions et les meurtres commis par l’armée à des actes perpétrés par des francophones”, explique-t-il.

Il admet que la crise est en train de fragiliser la cohésion entre les deux communautés, car les anglophones qui font cet amalgame ne savent pas que “dans cette même armée, il y a des anglophones”.

Pour ce jeune homme d’affaires, la “division n’est pas bonne” et “complique la vie à tout le monde aux plans social et économique”.

Limbé abrite la Société nationale de raffinage (Sonara), plus grande raffinerie du pays. L’objectif des séparatistes est de prendre le contrôle de cette société dont la plupart des cadres, de même que le directeur général, sont francophones.

La ville accueille aussi une base du Bataillon d’intervention rapide (BIR), unité d‘élite de l’armée dont les éléments sont régulièrement aperçus en ville au cours de leurs incessants va-et-vient entre Limbé et les épicentres de la guerre de sécession comme Kumba ou Mamfe.

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51 comments

  1. Where was the fear and Outrage;
    When the Francophone non indigenous SDO of Manyu signed a communique asking Anglophones in 16 villages to leave their villages to wherever?
    When the Francophone military massacred 40children in Pinyin?
    When the Francophone non indigenous governor of North West asked Anglophones to obtain a visa before traveling to Yaoundé Or Douala?
    When the Francophone army indiscriminately arrest Anglophones in Bayangi Quarter in Douala or Obili Quarter in Yaoundé?
    When the Francophone military remove Anglophone passengers in intercity buses and humiliate them at gun point to sing the National anthem of French Cameroon.
    When an incompetent government makes the weak Anglophone minority the enemy of the Nation you create a fertile ground for Genocide!

    • Son of the soil

      I’m so happy that you are a fool. You lack a common sense of reasoning. Think about what would happen to Anglophones living in Francophone regions if this this breaks out to a war. 1994 Rwanda would be nothing. We should all pray that this madness stops. That’s where we gain.

      • @ SoS
        Invectives will no change facts.
        The deterioration of Cameroon has occurred under the stewardship of 2 pupil.
        Adhijo for 22yrs and Biya now 37yrs a total of 57yrs with the total destruction of all other institutions and the zombification of the army.
        Exhibits Syria: Father Assad president from 1970 to 2000 30yrs,
        Son Assad President From 2000 to 2018.
        Total 48yrs in the process all institutions are destroyed and the nation plunged into a civil war with 250,000 killed, 3million refugees and Aleppo a city built in 12th century turned to ruins.
        My point is dictators are narcissistic in nature, they must die in power or the nation must die with them.
        English in Courtrooms and classrooms in West Cameroon was the request in 2016, War is the solution.
        Who is responsible?

  2. Lum i read in tears your comments above.diba na diba

    • Ayaba Cho said that a few months ago! Crocodiles tears, LMO.

      You all financed the destruction of Anglo CHILDREN—a hen would never destroy her eggs, u’re all hawks, MONSTERS. Leave our MOTHERS alone—they told you they wanted peace—but u cannot sacrifice, even for our own mothers+children.

      All you want is destruction, others must fail in life too, just like you and I.

      Ayaba Cho who set the pace 4 u less-savvy fools, is showing u that it is all a game of trong man helep yi self. But you fools would never understand simply cos u’re all dreaming cos of HATE that in Amba you’ll be somebody. And the Anglo masses can die.

      What a bunch of FOOLS in capital letters.

      What is better? Popol remaining there or u cooling down, or we killing our own pple and he would still be there?

      FOOLS…

      • Son of the soil

        Ask him bro

      • ZZ
        Real fools they are!

      • These idiots again led by their foolish jester ZamZam. You be really ZamZam, Ayaba will continue to keep you pigs sleepless. We are in possession of enough weapons not only to stop your phoney election but to protect our airspace, nautical mile coastlines and invade and occupy littoral and your swine eating region. As if any of you are interested in solving our 56 years predicament. All you want is our resources but unlike Amba children, we will use our human capital to become self sustainable and kick France and all her puppets out of our land. We will live free or we will all die. The best of your army has not stop us in 2 years what makes you think they can now? Bombs? We will seize it like we’ve seized the heavy guns and use it first on your easily captured pig eating Dschang. Baboon.

        • Sometimes, I wonder what feeds some of these brains. Yesterday, ZZ said Ayuk Tabe was bribed by LRC to distract Southern Cameroonians from elections. Today, Ayaba is the con man.

          It’s funny!

        • Mr. Ambazonia,

          you want mek me ah think sey wehti for dis kana situation?

          How man fit understand how wey we di kill each other fo no nathing?

          All ting for we na craze, craze, craze…

  3. Cowards terrorists have been trying to oppose the two communities but they will not succeed Limbe is a cosmopolitan city.I can only advice Francophones to avoid the wild animalistic terrorists… Very soon everything will be okay.

  4. SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

    1. After the elections, Biya will do this…
    2. After the elections, Biya will do that…
    3. Today is the 02.10.2018
    4. The PHONEY elections will take place on the 07.10.2018
    5. The countdown for Biya’s final onslaught has already been activated
    6. Amba boys are anxiously waiting for Biya and his crime syndicate
    7. BTW, the name of my hometown is VICTORIA. Limbe is a Bulu name given by an evil Bulu dictator
    8. MOMENTUM = UNSTOPPABLE, FOOLISH WAR = UNWINNABLE

  5. As much as I can understand the pain, desperation, the frustration over the situation, I don’t think targeting the civilians because they speak French, is not a smart move at all.
    Hate will bring us nowhere. This is very dangerous if civilians started to attack other civiilians. In the name of what exactly?
    Who is the ennemy here? The Biya regime or other Cameroonians? Be wise ,people!

    • Is that not what you coons are already doing in Douala and Yaounde, making our people disappear to later on stage and attack like Amba fighters? Leave Ambazonia! Leave

  6. Fact: The majority of francophones in Victoria who insist on identifying as francophones and routinely speak only French are agents of the central government in Yaoundé which the people rightfully identify as the one killing them and burning down their villages and intimidating them in buses and in Yaoundé and Douala .
    You cannot fool the people, they will take revenge. sad but true.
    A dialogue on the farce that national unity in Cameroon is would have prevented this trouble and alienated extremists….
    Now the people have elected freedom with their actions, let’s see how guns would hold them in.
    Ambazonia must be free

    • You really don’t want to go there…
      You “Ambazonians “in the diaspora in “Carrefour j’ai raté ma vie ” must stop this your nonsense.
      You are so full of hate, and you can’t se clear.
      In fact, you are not different from the Biya regime and his military. The difference between you and Biya is Biya have better wapons.
      You guys could even be worst if you had the power.
      Hear what a grown up man like you can say in time of real crisis.
      Who is “Francophone/Anglophone in Cmr in 2018?
      1/6 of the population of Yaounde is either English speaking or has a family member who originate from the SW or the SW.
      Are you dum?
      We are keeping telling you to back of…

      • Son of the soil

        Ambafools are not so full of hate, they are so full of selfishness and egocentrism. These are people who actually without thinking about the consequences. Looks like they have signed a contract with the devil. They are blood suppliers and the only blood available to them is their brothers’. Chinese, Japanese, went to Europe and America to bring back what is there into their homeland. But these idiots went there to buy hunting guns and fool their own people they can defeat a well trained military.Go ahead, we know you people, do all in the name of money, your reward is there.

        • The Chinese and Japanese leaders in China and Japan developed Beijing and Left Ghuangzou? you don’t know that China and Japan have federal systems?
          You don’t know that even though Mandarin is spoken across China different regions are allowed their own language and culture and independent management of their affairs?
          shame on you for exposing your own ignorance..
          we will never yield. Ambazonia must be free.
          larepublique must learn to live without Ambazonia

      • That would be “dumb” not dum, as in with a “b”.
        You keep fooling yourself that our problem is a language….I just told you that most of the francophones in Limbe were sent by larepublique to traumatised our people. you are here talking of 1/6 of Anglophones in Yaoundé…What is your data source? The same as the 20% Anglophone, 20% grass, 20% territory and 20% economy?
        so you don’t understand sarcasm and irony?
        Ambazonia must be free and whether you like it or not the day we get enough or better weapons we will fight. Simplicita.
        you can let us discuss it or kill anyone who asks questions…just know that we will never yield…never.

    • francophone et fier de l'être

      dites à vos terroristes ambafools de se calmer et de se poser la question des savoir s’ils attaquent les 20 000 francophones qui vivent en zone anglophone, que deviendront les 2 000 000 d’anglophones qui vivent dans les dix régions francophones, la vengeance risque être terrible ah ah ah, quand on dessine le diable sur le mur, il vient à nous.

      • Tu n’es pas mieux toi non plus.
        Faut arreter l’almagame.
        Mr le ‘Francophone et fier de l’etre ‘? C’est quoi un ‘Francophone’ déja par votre définition?
        Arretez de mettre de l’huile sur le feu!

      • YOU DONT SEEM TO KNOW ANY GEOGRAPHY OF CAMEROON. THERE ARE 10 REGIONS, 8 FRANCHOPHONES AND 2 ANGLOPHONES. SO HOW COME YOU SAY 2,000,000 ARE LIVING IN FRENCH SPEAKING AREAS? YOUR POLICY OF ASSIMILATION IS THE ONLY THING TAKING US TO THE FRENCH SPEAKING CAMEROON AREAS BUT OUR RESOURCES ARE BRINGING YOU TO LIMBE FOOL

        • Africans For Donald trump

          @Motabenama

          There are at least 2 million people from the North West and South West provinces of Cameroon who live in the other 8 provinces of Cameroon.

          If you have ever visited Douala or Yaounde you will know how many people from the North west and South west have settled and are living there permanently!
          What geography are you talking about? Nyamfukah!

        • And your data source is????? when was the last census done in Cameroon?
          ignorant people from a failed state

    • “A dialogue on the farce that national unity in Cameroon is would have prevented this trouble and alienated extremists….”

      Epée, dialogue would only create a situation whereby Etoudi would stand as weak, IG as fools. Ego is what is at play here. Ayuk was hoaxed by Etoudi, and his disciples can never digest it. Hence, war!

      What is left among gangsters when things go wrong? They take any fool who’s not able 2 figure out their hoax as human shield. Do u think Biya and/or IG really care about you ana me?

      Anyway, why I am even going after gangsters. What about the sheep who’re blindly following them? They too surely envy gangsters.

      Gangsters are only interested in signing contracts and become rich overnight.

      I feel sorry for the sheep who flock behind them. Anyway, would never be one tho…

      • This Bamileke clown again! You no dey hear 12 abi? Ayuk Tabe was once the devil in your eyes, now that you’ve set him up in the Bastille, IG and Cho Ayaba are your new devils abi? I’ve told you b4 that no true son of Ambazonia will turn the weapon on his brother and criticize him in the open. It’s intriguing you don’t see animals like Atanga Nji and the army generals wishing your war mess go on and on so that they make more money? In the thick of things, you cannot oppose campaigns led by Elung, Ngole Ngole, Achidi Achu, Ahidjo just to present a different case to the world and hold our people slavery as they display no interest in solving the problem. Well I have news for you. Independence celebration was magnificent and our people turn out in their numbers with updated weapons. Bring it

  7. well talks my brother

  8. francophone et fier de l'être

    je ne dis que ce qui pourrait se passez si ceux qui se font appeller ambazoniens s’en prennent à nos connaissances qui résident dans les zones anglophones. que ceux qui se font appeler amba je ne sait quoi soient conscient du fait qu’une attaque contre les francophones sera suivie de représailles massives. les anglophones ne devraient pas s’engager sur cette voie suicidaire. mais chercher plutôt à mettre en minorité les gens qui veulent dessiner le diable au mur. on retrouve les anglophones même dans les villages francophones les plus reculés ou ils y sont aller chercher du travail. donc que les ambafools commencent leur folie et ils auront dans leur conscience le plus grand génocide de l’histoire. la paix n’a pas de prix .

    • YOU ARE A TYPICAL FOOL. A SUPPORTER OF THE LEVEL OF INJUSTICE HAPPENING IN THAT COUNTRY IS AN EVIL PERSON. FOR ONCE BE HUMAN AND ASSERT TO THE FACT THAT THE TREATMENT GIVEN TO THE ANGLOPHONE MINORITY IN THAT COUNTRY HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF THE GROSS VIOLATION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS

      • Africans For Donald Trump

        @Motabenama

        Only a fool or terrorist conman will conclude that anyone who does not support the ambazombie terrorists must be a supporter of injustice!

      • @ Motabenama, You are the one who is a fool. How does francophone et fier de l’être advice on the consequences of war make him a supporter of Biya? You Ambazonians are more evil than the Biya regime. I have always said that your fight is not about the anglophones in Cameroon. If it was about protecting the anglophones you won’t be destroying our schools, preventing our kids from going to school and beheading anglophones who don’t support your foolishness. If you had any love for anglophone Cameroonians you won’t dare attack the Francophones living in the NW and SW provinces as you have more anglophones living and working in the francophone cities coupled with the ones that are running away to Douala and Yaounde. You Ambazonians are surely Biafra people and not anglophone Cameroonians.

        • You Ambazonians are Biafra people and not anglophone Cameroonians. You can’t succeed with your plans to separate from Nigeria and you think you can separate the SW and NW provinces from Cameroon? It will never ever happen. You won’t dare attack francophone Cameroonians living in the SW and NW provinces If you cared about the lives of anglophone. More than 2 million anglophones live in the francophone areas and more are running away from the NW & SW to Douala & Yaounde. What do you think will happen to those people? Unfortunately for you Biafrans the bond between the anglophones and francophones is so strong and was planted by God before the fabrication of Southern Cameroons by the British. God will never ever allow you evil people to take us back to the 20th century à la Rwanda.

    • even though I don’t encourage this type of degeneration I promise any ignorant fellows like you east of the Mungo that this type of silly “retaliation” by francophones would simply legitimise our struggle.
      the only response we asked of francophones was support for the truth…our freedom. they refused, if they attack us , they will lose finally.
      Ambazonia must be free

  9. For now, let every people, go to their respective countries.

    • francophone et fier de l'être

      ton pays c’est lequel? celui qui n’existe que sur Facebook? qui a un président qui est en prison avec tout son pseudo gouvernement et dont le remplaçant ne s’exprime que sur Facebook, qui n’est reconnu par personne. dont les activistes signent des contrats pétroliers fictifs de gisements gérés par un pays souverain et reconnu par le monde entier, dont les sympathisants les plus engagés n’expriment leur engagement et leur virulence que caché derrière un clavier d’ordinateur, des petits activistes qui ont vendu un mirage à des populations naïves qui aujourd’hui malheureusement pour elle en paient le prix fort. aujourd’hui au lieu des palaces et le paradis promis, ils se retrouvent à partager la brousse avec les serpents et bêtes sauvage en chantant wata na wata qui devient fire na fire

      • THE CRY FOR ONE AND INDIVISIBLE CAMEROON IS ONLY BECAUSE THERE IS OIL AND OTHER RESOURCES IN SOUTHERN CAMEROON. IF THERE WERE NO RESOURCES YOU GUYS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HANGING ON US LIKE FLEES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WE CANT TAKE THE SUFFERING AND ENSLAVEMENT ANYMORE. THOUGH I DO NOT SUPPORT THE ATTACK OF FRANCOPHONES I HOWEVER, THINK ITS TIME WE MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD. 57 YEARS OF ENSLAVEMENT IS A VERY LONG TIME NONSENSE.

        • @ Motabenama, For your information Southern Cameroons is part of Cameroon. Go back to your history books my friend and stop this your foolishness. White people can’t determine our borders. Our borders were created by God. The so called Southern Cameroons was a British fabrication to exploit Cameroon’s resources and when they were done with their exploitation, Southern Cameroons was handed back to Cameroon. The queen of England knows that and can’t believe her eyes foolish Africans like Ambazonians still exist. Instead of us joining together to get rid of the Biya regime, you are going back to some nonsense that was created by the British to exploit our resources. Shame on you.

    • Son of the soil

      Go tell that to the Esu ambassadors in my village working in my cocoa farm. They will kill you. What do you give them apart of lies telling and illusions? Wanna have a country? You may consider recreating the world, may be there will be real justice there. Sit behind your computer and scam, that’s what you do best, even in the name of the blood of your own people.One thing is sure:God will hold you responsible for many crimes.

    • @Tuberculosis Joshua aka coward terrorist from where you are spreading this idiocy is it your home? Don’t you know that upon all what is happening in the NW/ SW there are people working hard to make these areas liveable?

  10. The situation is a very funny one. A refinery based in VICTORIA has all of its employees from Douala and other Francophone areas. Is this fair play and natural justice (Equity)? We must be honest and do a serious root cause analysis of the current problem affecting Cameroon. Only an honest solution would attempt to solve this problem because anglophones are hell bent on not taking the marginalization anymore. Enough is enough.

    • @ Motabenama, you are now making sense but stop calling Limbe Victoria man. We are not British subjects man. What’s wrong with Limbe? It sounds African to me.

      • Your ignorance is amazing you do not know that Limbe comes from the German name “Limburgh”?
        in any case I am not ready to teach you francophones our glorious Ambazonian history.
        Victoria is equal to to the name Limbe historically but Victoria is better..

        • @ Epée. You must be a very big fool. I said Limbe sounds African to me. Read and understand before you rant my friend. You might get into serious trouble.

  11. Push them out. Blow them up into pieces. Riddle their bodies with bullets. Make them feel our pain, that’s the only way we can bend the colonizers hand. My people don’t be afraid to rain terror on these occupiers. The government they support have killed, raped, maim, arrest, imprison, made our people disappear. Anyone who’ve seen videos of mass murders, mass graves, random shooting in Buea especially and the woman whose both legs were severed with bullets inside her own house cannot stay silent or be scared of rebuttal. Our people must stop going to the occupiers house and all those across the Mungo should return home. Kill all frogs walking freely in Limbe. Make them feel our pain and suffering.

    • Africans For Donald Trump

      @L’enemie

      You must be a very wretched person in life! Anyone who thinks like you must be living a really sad and wretched life.

      • Was Ayuk Tabe a wretched person before you abducted him. Or you tho k riches is defined by how much Atanga Nji and your Santa Mafia connection have swindled and siphoned to you? Thief man. Ambazonia riches is principle and we will live free or die. Freedom is coming tomorrow…just like apartheid was defeated.

        • Africans For Donald Trump

          @lenemie

          Yes sick seku ayuk tabe was a wretched professor at a private University in Nigeria.

  12. Eyes Wtness Report

    Some of you need to update yourselves on the chaos taking place back home. Your people are suffering, they live in constant fear. You terrorize them on a daily basis. After taking tramol and drinking Gington and Lion d’or those kids “amba boys” you’ve misled go about abducting people indiscrimately. This whole thing is greed and armed robbery. Don’t get me wrong: there’s an Anglophone problem in Cameroon. But you ambas aren’t fighting to remedy the situation. Many have fled to Francophone areas. South Westerners and North Westerners are in every nook and corner in French speaking areas. Especially in the suburbs. People I know have followed their Bamileke neighbors to their villages because their kids can’t school, you prevent people from taking food to bigger towns like Kumba… So sick!

    • Eye Witness Report

      Correction: Eye Witness Report.

      • Massa…
        If this struggle today fails the next one will be a massive and bigger conflagration.
        Those who have been watching Anglophones complain from the 1970s would know that the intensity of the struggle has always been bigger. 1990s, 2000s and now this with arms. of we enter the 2020s it will be brutal and if nothing changes….nothing will stop us from rising up as one man to defend ourselves.
        And Eric Chinje’s letter is rubbish. Paul Biya can stay as long as he wants in power but Ambaland is free. we reject oppression and slavery and we are not going to take it.