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The conflict in western Cameroon has caused more than half a million people to flee their homes. Thousands, such as elderly Emila Ayo, have taken refuge across the border in Nigeria

Rights monitors sound alarm over ‘neglected’ Cameroon crisis

RFI | Rights groups have sounded a warning over the escalating crisis in western Cameroon, where separatists and government forces are locked in deadly combat.

“The international community is asleep at the wheel when it comes to the crisis in Cameroon,” the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Jan Egeland, said in a report issued on Tuesday.

“Brutal killings, burned-down villages and massive displacement have been met with deafening silence.”

Two regions in Cameroon are in the grip of an armed campaign by English-speaking militants seeking independence from the francophone-majority country.

On October 1 2017, they declared the creation of the “Republic of Ambazonia,” covering the two English-speaking regions incorporated into post-independence Cameroon in 1961.

The declaration went largely unnoticed outside Cameroon, and “Ambazonia” — named after a bay at the mouth of the Douala River — has been recognised by no-one.

The government responded with a brutal crackdown, and the separatists in turn have mounted a campaign of attacks on state buildings, shooting and kidnappings.

According to the International Crisis Group think tank, 1,850 people have been killed, while more than 530,000 people have been forced from their homes, according to UN figures.

The NRC said the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions topped its annual list of the world’s “most neglected displacement crises”.

There has been no major mediation effort, no large relief programme, minimal media interest and insufficient pressure to stop attacks on civilians, it said.

Second and third on the NRC list were long-running conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.

Separately, a report by a Cameroon-based rights group in Africa, the CHRDA, and the Canada-based Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, accused the armed forces of conducting “a deliberate, violent campaign against civilian populations”.

It acknowledged that local armed groups also bore “much responsibility” for the violence.

“It is sometimes argued that the current crisis is just one more conflict in a series of reciprocal attacks and reprisals between government and secessionist forces,” the report, published on Monday, said.

“However, minimizing the seriousness of the attacks on civilians as part of the ‘normal’ conflict serves to shield serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity and may even enable their continuation.

“Minimizing the conflict also ignores evidence that the violence is spreading, engulfing Francophone regions of the country, becoming a threat to the entire sub-region.”

Around a fifth of Cameroon’s population of 24 million are English-speakers.

Resentment has long festered at perceived discrimination at the hands of the francophone majority in education, law and the economy.

In recent years, growing demands for autonomy or a return to Cameroon’s federal structure were rejected by President Paul Biya, prompting radicals to gain the ascendancy in the anglophone movement.

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63 comments

  1. Even a dying horse struggles to kick at anything. Doomed la ripoublique is trying to use all the fake cards recklessly and shamelessly. Shame to you. Shame. You try to provoque a fight between hausas and etons, Zero. You try to use Bangourain, failure. You try ewondos vs hausas, zéro again. Failure. You program the bororos with fake people as usual, failure again. Wow ! You are enriching your evil deeds with chiwawas to no avail. ALL YOU ATTEMPT as SABOTAGE will always fail. GOD has chosen to guide the people of AMBAZONIA to pure and perfect LIBERTY.

    LONG LIVE TO THE BRAVE people of AMBAZONIA. Man no lie you. We are gratefully and nicely winning our GREAT BATTLE FOR FREEDOM.

  2. Kumkum Pass Garri

    List of Fake Ambas
    – Akwanga Ebenezer
    Ayaba Cho
    Chris Anu
    Sick Siku Ayuk Tabe
    Nso Foncha
    Tabenyang
    Tapang Ivo
    Mark Baretta (MRC party member and supporter of Kamto’s one and indivisible Cameroon)
    Ambawatchdog
    Eric Tatatw ((MRC party member and supporter of Kamto’s one and indivisible Cameroon)

    BREAKING NEWS: We (BIR) just sent some amba terrorists (from Kosala) to Buea on a first class bores tiocket!

    Eric tataw cries on live show because the ambafools are winning!

    SIGNS OF VICTORY FOR AMBAFOOLS

    “Meanwhile, as our RF forces have been killing themselves in recent times in GZ, our diasporans are stupidly hanging at each others throat without any justification as well.” Quote from Ambawatcdog’s jumping ship speech.

    Thanks for another opportunity to shine light on your stupidity!

    • Camer beleiver (Colby)

      @KKPG Continuez à exposer tous ces feymen,arnaqueurs qui prennent de l’argent à la Diaspora dite “Anglophone” de pacotille soi disant instruite alors qu’en fait elle n’a rien dans la tête ça déjà commencé voilà ça oooo voilà ça …

  3. Epée Dipanda

    Sensible people will not argue with these folks. Sensible Aambazonians will be hard at work to raise funds ds for our people stranded as refugees and for the defence of the homeland on ground zero.
    Only mad people will believe this is a job we will abandon half way.
    Freedom is the destination and it doesn’t include larepublique

  4. Forever young

    @kumkum u dis crazy fellow in need of a doctor instead of taking my advice seriously, trying hard to engage with that madness insane logic of a sociopath ,so according u Mbororo a small minority in their madness accompany by the criminal sociopath moronic bastards army of la republique to go about burning innocent people houses even the fon palace the people traditional rulers are the once to take out Ambazonia fighters that your crazy army of la republique has not succeed for 3 years, I thought your crazy self mention the moronic bastards army was in defence of the population if that be the case why accompany the ratchet Mbororo in their criminality burning innocent people houses including the fon palace your crazy self mention in your insanity, if they are massacre tomorrow by Amba boys

  5. Forever young

    In their small numbers without any weapons crazy smeally ass sociopath like yourself and the stupid ungly la republique proffessor without brain that went on television making a fool of his ugly self by claiming 10000 Mbororo has already be massacre, even though on the contrary they’re the ones pushing those rachet illiterate Mbororo into committing collective suicide by causing trouble burning their majority mighty landlord Ambazonia who welcomed them as desperate normard with their cattles from northern Nigeria to stay in our landscape, tomorrow if we Ambazonia decided to drive them because of their madness and blasphemy in corroboration with the moronic bastards army of la republique crazy animals yourself will shout genocide against Mbororo,sociopath like u/Biya regime must be destroy

  6. Les voleurs violent, tuent depuis 60 ans d’extorsion des ressources des Southern Cameroons.

    60 years of slavery. 60 years of killings. 60 years of torture. 60 years of crimes against the people of Southern cameroons.

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    60 ans d’exploitation des ressources des Southern Cameroons. 60 ans de viols, de pillages, de tortures, de médiocrités contre le peuple de l’Ambazonie.

    The SPIRIT of FREEDOM lives in all AMBAZONIANS.The SPIRIT to denounce injustice, fight against oppression, corruption, tyranny. La ripoublique and wounded agents are doomed to fail. We shall prevail against all odds.

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