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Cameroon’s Mbororos Abandoning Cattle Ranches

BAMENDA, CAMEROON VOA | More than a thousand Mbororos, indigenous people in Cameroon, have fled their cattle ranches following repeated attacks and seizure of their herds by separatist forces in the central African nation. The Mbororos say they are being targeted because they refuse to join or assist the fighters.

Forty-five-year-old Mbororo rancher Laye Shaidou visited the Mbororo community in the town of Bamenda on Tuesday to ask for help.

He said separatist fighters seized more than 160 of his cows and 50 from his brother after they refused to pay $1,000 to help the fighters in their war to create an English-speaking state called Ambazonia.

“We refused to give the money,” Shaidou said of himself and his brother. “Those Amba guys [separatist fighters] collected the cattle and kept it up there at one hill. They have a camp there.”

Shaidou said he escaped a separatist camp with the help of the military, which said it recovered some of the cows and was working to return them to their rightful owners.

‘A target’

Jaji Manu Guidado, honorary president of a Mbororo cultural and development association, said Shaidou’s case is one of many he has seen since the separatists began fighting government forces two years ago.

He said many Mbororos have fled their ranches and are living in deplorable conditions in Cameroon’s French-speaking areas.

“They are a target because they refused to join the fight and now they say ‘OK, if you refuse, it means you are against us.’ And they [separatists] said that wherever the gendarmes go to or the military people, it is the Mbororo people that give them indication,” Guidado said.

Other Mbororo people have escaped with their cattle to neighboring Nigeria, he added.

It is not known how many cattle have been stolen or killed, but Mbororos own about 70 percent of the estimated 3 million cattle in the English-speaking regions.

Beef shortage

The abandonment of their ranches has led to a beef shortage and an increase in prices in some areas.

On social media, the separatists have denied their fighters are responsible for the attacks.  They say the real perpetrators may be cattle thieves or soldiers who disguised themselves as separatist fighters.

Deben Tchoffo, governor of Cameroon’s North West region, told VOA the government will take measures to secure the Mbororo villages and supply them with basic needs so they can resume their normal lives.

Cameroon’s unrest began in November 2016 when English-speaking teachers and lawyers demonstrated against the growing dominance of French in the officially bilingual country. Separatists took over the movement and started demanding independence for the English-speaking North West and South West regions.

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  1. Cameroun is using mbororos as they use hausas in northern cameroun. Camerounese refer to these people as “mouton” . Cameroun is fooling the mbororo community as they fool the hausa community. Let the Islamic community understand cameroun establishment is against them

    • @Ngwa Jude you are quite right, the people are being manupulated by the regime, all the zones are being militarised by the french Cameroon military, Amba fighters are in the bushes unable to seize hundreds of cows under watchfull eyes, see how the Northen part has been decinated , are they different from the Fulanis?fooling themselves thinking they will get help from the same government that despite them

  2. The Bulu junta is using the FAKE Amba boys created by ex-convict Atanga Nji to discredit the GENUINE Amba boys.

    That notwithstanding, the Anglophone Question will be resolved this time around come rain come shine.
    There is absolutely nothing, Dictator Biya can do to stop the present momentum of the struggle.
    The so-called Commission on disarmament is simply a joke in bad taste. Ex-convict Atanga Nji is using it to play his dirty tricks. He is “disarming” the FAKE Amba boys and FAKE Boko Haram militants to please his maser in Etoudi and to deceive the international community.

    Believe me or not,

    1. the momentum remains UNSTOPPABLE
    2. Dictator Biya’s SH*THOLE war remains UNWINNABLE
    3. SC remains UNGOVERNABLE
    4. ZERO elections in SC
    5. ZERO decentralisation in SC


      “The principal reason for the frenzied campaign is to prove to the world before the United Nations Security Council meets in September that school resumption is evidence that the situation in Southern Cameroons has ‘normalized’. The Biya Francophone regime is planning to use a successful back to school to oppose any possible United Nations intervention.
      Ironically, it is the government itself making it impossible for the effective resumption of schools. Several schools in Southern Cameroons have been transformed into French Cameroun military barracks. Many others have been burnt by Francophone Beti-Ewondo army soldiers while most teachers in Ambazonia have vamoosed into safety areas in La Republique du Cameroun.”

    • “In that light, back to school in Southern Cameroons shall just be another fiasco of the Biya regime, like the botch hosting of the 2019 African Cup of Nations. For effective school resumption in their so-called one and indivisible Cameroon, President Biya who declared the war against his own people should call a ceasefire and convene an inclusive dialogue with all issues on the table as nations; international organizations and people of goodwill have been telling him. Or the UN should send in peacekeeping force as it meets in September to prevent the barbaric violations of human rights driving refugees and asylum seekers into neighbouring countries including Europe and America.”

      • Momentum ?? Amba boys are being harvested like munguin everyday. You have no pitty for them ? Potty mouth. Oh because you are not in ground zero.

        • Your evil Dictator was chased like a dog from Switzerland.
          His bodyguards were even sentenced to prison.

          He can NEVER EVER; I repeat NEVER EVER set his feet in Intercontinental Hotel again since he is now a Persona Non Grata.
          The so-called “one and indivisible” LRC is now the laughing stock of the world.

        • Read what that evil Dictator is doing to his country:

          “Le Cameroun est en tête des pays africains qui ont vendu la plus grande superficie de terres aux chinois entre 1987 et 2016. «Plus de 100 000 hectares», renseigne une étude récemment publiée par la Johns Hopkins University, une université américaine basée à Baltimore dans l’Etat du Maryland.”

        • Intercontinental Hotel down
          Swiss Persona Grata down
          SONARA down
          CDC down
          DEL MONTE down
          CAMAIR-CO down
          Timber down
          Brasseries down
          Cocoa down
          Coffee down
          commission on bilingualism down
          commission on disarmament down
          Dictator Biya’s sh*thole war down
          taxes down
          VIVRE ENSEMBLE down
          Elections down
          Governance down

          etc, etc, etc, etc.

  3. Ambazonia thief cow, thief goat, thief fowl. Shame no di catch them. You can never ever succeed with this your foolishness. You can’t force sane people to join your foolishness.

  4. Meanwhile Cameroon which used to EXPORT food to GABON has imported this year alone 200,000 metric tons of palm oil from Gabon.
    Pamol and CDC in Ambazonia which used to account for most of the country’s palm oil have been targeted as part of a strategy to make the occupier see sense.
    The economic price will be felt by frxancophxones whether they support axnglophoxnes or not

  5. May wisdom, courage and determination always guide the brave people of Ambazonia. Together we stand to win, separated we may easily lose.

    As days spark by, the Ambazonia struggle for FREEDOM grows to the better understanding for the wide world. Today, Ambazonia is recognized as a full entity with a history of it’s brave heroes and nice living culture. Ambazonia is a land of the future. Ambazonia is a destined to be the great nation with the numeric technology power. Ambazonia shall be the land of the imagine, produce and create with full logistics. We shall prevail against all odds. No sabotaging and nothing shall stop us. There is no stopping us.

  6. Equatorial Guinea is aware of the danger la ripoublique represents and intends to lock itself away from trouble in the coming. Biya paul, the genocidal, your ekang brothers are kicking you away from their list.

    Pauvres misérables créatures, adeptes de la fainéantise perpétuelle, le temps est arrivé de payer l’addition qui va certainement engloutir le Cameroun. GAME OVER

  7. Les forces de défense et de sécurité du Cameroun ont incendié des maisons et des magasins en AMBAZONIE. Nous avons la liste de ce qu’ils font en plus de leurs actes barbares.

    Ils pillent, ils brûlent, ils tuent, ils mangent des chiens, volent du bétail
    Pour se faire passer pour des Ambazoniens.
    Ils s’habillent en clochards dans les rues et cachent des armes.
    Ils infiltrent pour écouter ce qui se dit.
    Les fonctionnaires vivent dans le chantage permanent
    Ils volent les pc, les téléphones et tout ce qu’ils trouvent.

    LA RIPOUBLIQUE thief our ressources, buy weapons with the money then come and kill us with the weapons from the money of our ressources way dem thiefam.La Ripoublique Voleur. Assassin. Bandit. NoBoDy can Accept slavery.

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