Cameroon

Many of you may not know or care what is happening in the African country of Cameroon. Of what relevance is it to me is what happens on the other side of the world? Do I want to act against genocide?

There are many non-religious groups who will tell you the importance of preserving the culture and ancestral traditions of a people group. They make big noises about genocide when a white person may infect an endangered people group with diseases like the flu. The Anglophone people of Cameroon are one such “identity-based people group. Their houses and their villages are being burnt down simply because they are full of Anglophones. Mass atrocities are also taking place… I think that is a great failing on tht behalf of the UN Security Council and the African Union. There are more than half a million people displaced” -Dr. Simon Adams. This has degenerated into war including the killing of civilians and mass atrocities, starvation and now worse conditions regarding health professionals for Covid19.

On Valentines’ Day, 14 Feb, 2020 a village of mostly young children was massacred. Here is a poem that was written to commemorate their life and tragic premature death.


TITLE: FROM ALL THE LOST CHILDREN

It started with shouts then screams and bangs
Then there was nothing but a quiet place
Mum told me to hold her hands, those were her last words
Slowly the heat increased and I could smell burning flesh
My brother looks perfect in his everlasting slumber
My sister not very fast of feet was slain too
I am not a soldier, just a lost child
A lost child caught in a cause which I know not the cause but paying the cost
Will anyone miss us now we are gone?
Will you light a candle for me?
Send your thoughts and prayers for all these lost children?
Or am I just another article in the papers to you?

The house my father built is nothing but rubble and ashes
The grounds I played on nothing but a massive grave
I had dreams and hopes and I aspired too
I had never thought of going, but I know I was not meant to go like this
I played with John from down the street
I remember a couple of kids from the next street
We are all lost in these lands where we do not belong
Our essence ceased from us before we could begin our journey
Who then is going to live our dreams?
Will you tell the story of us?
Tell Mary not to cry that her friends are looking for her from the stars?
Or am I just another statistic to you?

I never had a first kiss or my first love
Teacher told us once `I see nothing but lights in your tomorrows ’
Dad said I will make him proud and buy him a car
Mum told us we are kings and queens and like the Iroko, we will never fall
Our school now a blood bath of isolated desolation
My restless spirit still hovers along these streets I was made
I see none, survivors displaced because they don’t want to be counted amongst the lost
They too are not soldiers, just sacrificial pawns in this deadly game of chess
Do you know I never got to be young and beautiful?
Will you stand and raise a black fist for me?
Will you question the powers for our sakes?
Or will you forget like we never existed?

Rest in peace Muyuka
Sleep well Kwa-Kwa
In our hearts forever Kake
We will never forget Ngarbuh.

Isydore Akpu

About a month after the horrifying attack, the military is building a base in the same area.

The conflict has also had wide-reaching economic impacts.

https://mimimefoinfos.com/here-is-the-untold-economic-fallout-from-cameroons-unending-anglophone-crisis/

This is a history of the conflict in Cameroon.

In 2016 and 2017, government security forces used excessive force against largely peaceful demonstrations organized by members of the country’s Anglophone minority who were calling for increased autonomy for their region.

Human Rights Watch/Cameroon Sourced: June 2020

Google tells us that before the war broke out the northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon, which contain the Anglophone people, totaled 3.5 million in population. A native says, “I think were more.”

But a human rights expert who has studied the Rwandan genocide is concerned that this violence will escalate into genocide. Dr. Simon Adams is the Executive Directo of the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect. He and other leaders around the world have signed a declaration calling for a ceasefire due to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Covid19 pandemic. This is so that guns will drop and health workers can help those who are sick, and to bring more world attention to the conflict. https://www.facebook.com/dw.africa/videos/748763889269315/

Since the fighting and shooting and burning of civilians began, international sources estimate that 1,500 people have lost their lives. Again, locals think the number is bigger.

“conflict that has killed more than 1,500 people since fighting broke out in 2017…”

DW News, Africa, 2019

Below is an article from a Cameroonian newspaper. There has been substantial violence against reporters in the country.

Cameroonian newspaper 23rd April 2019

“This is just one village. There are more than 1000 villages in Southern Cameroon. If you take an average of only 20 per village, the total number will be about 20.000 lives already killed now. The truth is that, we don’t even know how many have died because there is no network in most areas, roads are blocked, the military bury in mass graves as well, etc”

A Cameroonian’s comments on the above article, 23 April 2019
Facebook page, screenshot 23 June 2020

If you are interested in preserving culture and tradition of endangered people groups I strongly recommend that you consider the Anglophone people. There were about 4 million of them in existence 3 years ago. With the ongoing shooting of towns burning of houses and bombings there are lots and lots of people dead. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/03/deaths-and-detentions-as-cameroon-cracks-down-on-anglophone-activists

The region of Ngarbuh is a good example of the kind of atrocities happen on a daily basis since 2017, when the violence broke out. Many people, mostly young children, in the area were murdered on Valentine’s Day, 14th of February 2020.

(Nairobi) – Government forces and armed ethnic Fulani killed at least 21 civilians in Cameroon’s Ngarbuh village, including 13 children and 1 pregnant woman, on February 14, 2020. They also burned five homes, pillaged scores of other properties, and beat residents. Some of the bodies of the victims were found burned inside their homes. The government denies that its troops have deliberately committed crimes.

Human Rights Watch Sourced: June 2020

About a month after the horrifying attack, the military is building a base in the same area.

Some people need to stand up and follow Tibor Nagay’s lead. A ceasefire resolution has now been signed by several Nobel Peace Prize winners and leaders. This genocide needs to stop and world powers need to stand by their word when they say that the actions carried out here are despicable.

The Christian belief is that culture and racial history are sacred. Every person has their own race which was given to them by God and should not be disrespected. Christianity teaches that we are all descended from one man and woman and that all people are made in the image of God with one blood. Everyone’s blood is the same colour. Red.

Nzui Manto Yi Sepsep, Facebook, 28 May 2020 Just one of the examples of human inustice done to people because they are Anglophone from Cameroon

The Bible says that we should, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.” Proverbs 24.11. This is why I care about the Anglophone people of Cameroon. I believe in universal human rights.

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