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‘No Anglophone or Francophone, only one Cameroon,’ pitches Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner

Devdiscourse | The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee has called for ending of disputes in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions that have been ravaged by war in the last two years.

“As someone who has survived the war and has lived through it, I will tell Cameroonians, war has never been the answer to solving any kind of problem. My message to Cameroon is that it should never be Anglophone or Francophone, it should be one Cameroon, one people,” the Liberian female peace activist, Leymah Gbowee told reporters in the capital Yaoundé after meeting with government officials.

The 47-year old activist Leymah Gbowee said that she had spent three days in the restive regions urging for an end to the war and intensifying efforts to defend the rights of women and girls in the conflict zone.

“It is the women and girls who pay the brunt of it. There is always an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, rape and abuse and teen pregnancies.” Gbowee said, citing the example of her country, Liberia which she said should serve as an example for Cameroon that nobody wins the war.

“We (Liberia) went through a very devastating civil war where we killed almost 10 percent of our population and the impact is still being felt by the population. There are no winners in any kind of crisis. It takes generations for the pains to go away,” she said, as reported by Xinhua.

Cameroon is largely populated by French-speakers, but since November 2017, Anglophone minority have formed armed groups to fight for the independence of the English-speaking regions after complaining of decades of marginalization.

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81 comments

  1. Celui qui ne connait pas l’histoire est condamné à raconter des aneries digne d’un loser perdant, jaloux de la capacité des autres à proner et à mettre en pratique l’ART de L’auto détermination.

    Quand on est pas concerné ne serait ce qu’une seconde par un problème, alors l’hypocrisie de peut que s’accentuer. Les anglophones sont tués tous les jours par votre milice. Vous dansez partout, ainsi, vous validez l’option de barbares envers les populations anglophones. Nos MORTS ne vous concernent pas. Nous sommes tous témoins depuis 3 ans. Une vrai honte pour une armée (professionnelle ?). Si on explicite le truc, on se retrouve des professionnels du CRIME, du Banditisme, de la TORTURE, des incendies et de la BARBArIE.

  2. Very shallow analysis of the problem.
    Black South Africans were under apartheid rule in one and indivisible South Africa for 50yrs
    Anglophones in current Cameroon are under apartheid rule from the French/ Francophone government of Yaoundé for 57yrs now
    Why would blacks Africans who can’t even write their own languages decide to kill other black Africans because they don’t speak French?
    Africans engaging in colonization to benefit France just like they did slavery to benefit Europeans.
    Cameroon as it is today was created by the whiteman in 1961.
    Anglophones are fighting for their right to self govern in peace.
    The intelligence of Whiteman;
    7.2M Francophones in Canada respected and treated as full citizens.
    8M Anglophones in Cameroon blackmailed as terrorist
    Very Low IQ!

  3. What is Cameroon? A territory mapped out by the imperialist for their selfish interest. The Europeans e.g. had their revolutions to free themselves from the bourgeoisie class. We also need to free ourselves from Dictators who are stooges of the imperialist. What is good for Cocoa is also good for Coffee. The 1st thing we need to do is to free ourselves from mental slavery bc it is the key to a united and prosperous Africa. To those complaining that how can people be fighting a war along linguistic lines and imperialist cultures, my ask is what is the alt. solution? Do nothing and be assimilated by another imperialist language/culture. Separating what was never one should not be an issue – In a long run might be the best solution for both peoples – foundation for a better tomorrow together.

  4. For the life of me since the majority of Anglophones want the proverbial “vivre ensemble” why can’t we allow the UN to organise that referendum?
    Let the people decide if they want to be ruled from Yaoundé, a place they have never seen by people who don’t speak their language and who obviously do not have their interest at heart.
    Why is the answer guns?
    We are a free people and are ready to die if necessary to make that case.

  5. Celui qui ne connait pas l’histoire est condamné à raconter des aneries digne d’un loser perdant, jaloux de la capacité des autres à proner et à mettre en pratique l’ART de L’auto détermination. Quand on est pas concerné ne serait ce qu’une seconde par un problème, alors l’hypocrisie de peut que s’accentuer. Les anglophones sont tués tous les jours par votre milice. Vous dansez partout, ainsi, vous validez l’option de barbares envers les populations anglophones. Nos MORTS ne vous concernent pas. Nous sommes tous témoins depuis 3 ans. Une vrai honte pour une armée (professionnelle ?). Si on explicite le truc, on se retrouve des professionnels du CRIME, du Banditisme, de la TORTURE, des incendies et de la BARBArIE.

    LONG LIVE Ambazonia

  6. Look at dis fat woman instead of losing weight by signing up with weight watchers, to stay healthy and sexy ,u come and put yourself in another wahala to be insulted left and right, especially of the fact she’s very ignorant about the subject matter she choose to engage her audience , and too other confused delusional one in dis forum who thinks Biya is eternal because is supported by France to continue stealing our resources to fill their treasury, really true the saying “ignorance is a bliss” from Thomas Gray’s poem” Ode on a distant prospect of Eton college”,(1742 ) for your information no man on earth, nation or empire is eternal , what goes up must come down one day , thus get ready to weep for your wicked despotic leadership the moment is pregnant his eventual fall from grace of GoD

    • The National Interest

      Life goes on in the other regions of the country and this is the most important.

  7. Absolutely! the other regions continue their lives because they are a different country. Thank you for Making the point we have been making for years.

  8. Ambazonia shall prevail against all odds

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