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UN Security Council to hold first meeting on Cameroon

Guardian | The UN Security Council will hold a first informal meeting on Cameroon this month to discuss a worsening humanitarian crisis that has left three million people struggling for food.
The United States is organizing the May 13 meeting after persuading African countries on the council to drop their initial reluctance to talks on the two-year separatist conflict in Cameroon’s west.

South Africa, a non-permanent council member, had expressed reservations, arguing that the African Union was leading the international response to the crisis, according to diplomats.

“It’s long past time for the Security Council to address what’s going on in Cameroon, where we’re seeing a devastating humanitarian crisis,” a spokesperson for the US mission to the United Nations said Saturday.

“We hope this meeting will draw more attention to this disaster and encourage a more robust regional and international response by member states, the UN, and civil society in order to prevent the situation from deteriorating even further.”

Cameroon is wracked by a conflict between separatists and government forces in its English-speaking west, combined with an influx of refugees from the Central African Republic and Nigeria.

More than one in six people in Cameroon — 4.3 million — need humanitarian aid, an increase of 30 percent from 2018, according to UN aid officials.

The meeting will have a particular focus on the separatist conflict, according to a note sent by the US to the council on Friday and seen by AFP.

More than 560,000 people have been driven from their homes since 2017 including 32,000 who have fled to Nigeria, the note said.


– Starving children –

Rights groups have accused the United Nations of ignoring the conflict in Cameroon, where separatists in English-speaking regions are pushing for independence from the majority French-speaking country.

The government has responded with a crackdown, deploying thousands of soldiers.

More than 200 members of the security forces and at least 500 civilians have been killed, according to figures from the International Crisis Group think-tank.

Cameroon is also reeling from the spillover violence in neighboring Nigeria, which is battling Boko Haram insurgents and from ongoing turmoil in the Central African Republic.

Three million people are in need of food aid, tens of thousands of children are out of school and 220,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition, according to the US note.

In February, the government and aid groups launched an appeal for $299 million to fund humanitarian needs, but only 11 percent of that amount has been raised.

“Cameroon has not witnessed a humanitarian emergency at such a scale, and the causes of the different crises are but intensifying,” said the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Cameroon Allegra Baiocchi in late April.

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83 comments

  1. Chiah Gegeous Christto ! Na things them this way we use to hear about other counties, Now did happen wa own families them. So teh them don go put wa case for their dinner Table di discussam. God Help us! Nothings God comes from People who believe too much in “The Example if their Power”, instead of “The power of their Example”. Heavy weapons are pointing at my country and I am scared to death for my family . Small time them go move AMISOM from Congo to Cameroon then things will just get worst from there. Foreign boots in the grounds do no Good. Paul Biya could have solved this family matter within the family without dragging the whole world into it.

  2. Kumkum Pass Garri = Man of the Year

  3. At some point if the LRC terrorists will not stop killing Ambazonians, we will have no choice but to start going into offices in Ambazonia where LRC citizens work and taking them down.

    • The Bamilekes are cowards–go back to your dirty, muddy, stinking villages, NOW.

    • Amour Mezam buses must be burnt down. Mr. Amour Mezam go back to Bafang or wherever you
    came from in Bamilekeland. Fokou do same.

    • No more Dschang quarters in Kumba.

    • ALL Bassas in Tiko go back to LRC.

  4. • All LRC students and lecturers in Bamenda and Buea Universities must go. They must not be allowed to
    stay in our neighborhoods.

    • If there are any LRC citizens in your neighborhood, inform Amba boys and they will take care of the
    bastards.

    • Start killing LRC citizens in Ambazonia, immediately. PLEASE. Do it NOW.

    • We are at war.

    Please, spread this message around.

  5. Those who think we are not winning, explain why frogs are now selling their plots in Bambui, Bambili, and Nkwen and running away. We will neutralize those who choose to stay.

    PLEASE, KILL LRC citizens in our neighborhoods. Weed them out.

    Because Ambazonia is no more a job market for them, the government secondary schools will soon collapse because of lack of enrollment. If a LRC citiizen is transferred to Ambazonia, DON’T come because there will no where for you to stay.

    This is not a joke; colonial governor Lele L’Afrique’s family is back at Penka Michel in Menoua Division–they were almost lynched and I would have celebrated.

  6. People, read the comments here , you will understand why Africans cant be given a veto right..
    If the UNO dont come in to help us, we will be chasing, hunting and killing one another in Cameroon today..Our level of retardness and primitivity is beyond human doubt..
    Take just a min and read the comments in this forum:
    – you will see self hate
    – you will see disrespect..
    – You will see that we grew in a society where there is no equal rights and justice..
    I am sure animals in the Jungle are even more organized like our community call cameroon..
    We have learned nothing in cameroon other than Brutality, Segregation, oppression, suppression and Hatred..
    These are people from a small country that is in war for 3 years now- They cant even put heads and talk of their problems- SHAME to you all..

  7. Or may be we are the Cameroonians known as the deplorables in this forum?..
    People, go over the comments again and just see how we communicate with one another…

    Are we lacking in Education?..
    Are we lacking in good manners?
    Why are we so disrespectful?

    Education is generally understood as a form of learning whereby knowledge, skills and habits are etched out in the minds of an individual through instruction, training, sharing, and communicating.

    Why do we insult others when they dont share same oppinions with us?..
    What is the essence of this forum?
    To show how disorganize our Country is?..

    If you want to help Cameroon, wake up , look at yourself and bring a change ..
    Chai people I tire wuna

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