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#StandingWithCameroon: Let’s Talk About the Silent Civil War In Cameroon

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#StandingWithCameroon: Let's Talk About the Silent Civil War In Cameroon | BellaNaija

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – FEBRUARY 17: Faithful walk in religious procession on February 17, 2018 in Yaounde, Cameroon. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

It’s an absolute horror, what’s happening in Cameroon.

There have been reports, as well as video evidence, of state-sanctioned torture, killings, and destruction of private property.

It’s unclear exactly when the killings started. What’s clear is it’s been going on for a while.

A report by Reuters attempts to explain the origin of things: the small English-speaking part of Cameroon, feeling increasingly marginalised by the bigger French-speaking part, sought to secede entirely. They named their new country “Ambazonia.”

They’ve printed passports, composed a national anthem and even designed a flag and national currency. And there have been protests.

But with the protests have been violence.

Reports first filtered through in 2016 that protesters were shot at and killed, with hundreds arrested, and witnesses have claimed there has been gunfire from helicopters, too. Their internet was also cut off for 3 months.

The separatists, too, have been accused of killing what now amounts to hundreds of security forces.

BBC collated videos found on the internet of people being tortured and entire villages being burned and confirmed they were indeed scenes from the English-speaking part of Cameroon.

The Cameroonian military has consistently refuted the killing, describing an Amnesty International report as “stuffed with crude lies,” and “part of a strategy of harassment and destabilisation of our country.”

A recent video showing military men kill 2 women and 2 children sparked international outrage, but that was quickly linked to Boko Haram.

So far, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 160,000 have been displaced, with another 21,000 said to have crossed over to Nigeria as refugees.

And because only little has been said about all of these in the media, all it amounts to is a silent civil war.

Of course, that this is going on and almost nothing is being said and done about it, in the 21st century no less, is both incredible and unacceptable.

Because of this, BellaNaija would like to hear from people who either have personally experienced the killings, torture and destruction of properties, or have friends or relatives who do.

We want you to share your story, bring to the fore this 21st-century horror.

We know not everyone can write, and that’s fine. All you have to do is send a mail to features(at)bellanaija(dot)com. Don’t worry about syntax or structure or even grammar. All we want is your story: raw and true.

Have the email subject read: I Stand With Cameroon.

Let’s get the international community to do something, stop the killings.

Photo CreditFranco Origlia/Getty Images

10 Comments

  1. Ms CMR

    August 11, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Thans for sheddng lght on ths terrble stuaton BN. Such a dsgrace. Ethnc cleansng!!!

  2. Thanks BN

    August 11, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Thanks for this, BN. Hope to see an updated report at the end of your investigations. Keep up the good work.

  3. Aare

    August 11, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Don’t know where I stand, just siddon look. Wonder why they did not choose a plebiscite to be independent in 1961.

    • Caroline

      August 11, 2018 at 8:44 am

      There was already a bad faith from both Britain and France. When the delegation of Southern Cameroonian leadership went to the UN sicking for independence and resolution was passed 64 nations voted in favor while 34 nations voted against including France and then Republic of #Cameroon. But in the implementation of that resolution, France and Britain played a game that is catching up with all of us today. #Cameroon already had its independence, January 1961, but Britain and France like what they are still doing today, gave the people of #SouthernCameroon a bad choice during the plebiscite to either gain independence joining Nigeria or Cameroon, why was the third option which the people wanted of total independence taken off the plebiscite? That is the question that in my opinion #Britain has to answer.

  4. Ephi

    August 11, 2018 at 5:41 am

    A Cameroonian friend who lives in Canada but has family back home in Cameroon said she calls home every day as she doesn’t know if they will be alive the following day, she also shared how the government cut off internet access deliberately in the English speaking region. This was months ago we had this conversation so it’s been ongoing for quite a while. What exactly is the African Union doing about this evil?!

    • Et

      August 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Started since October/ November 2016 and it is getting worst by the day. The African union and UN are not saying anything. People have been burnt, villages burnt by the military yet Paul Biya wants to organise presidential elections this October and still stand as a candidate. Wickedness is to mild to describe these blood sucking demons.

  5. Tarkiki Ntfunyar

    August 11, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Its Unfortunate That In The 21st Century, Africans Are Yet To Understand That Colonisation Is A Crime. British Southern Cameroonians( Ambazonia) Have Been Colonised By French Cameroon Since1961. Our Schools And Courts Have Been Transformed Into French Institutions. We’ve Done Everythinghumanly Possible To Avoid War But, The Cabal In Yaounde Is Perpetrating Genocide And The Entire World Is Silent. We Have Internally Recognised Bounary With Bloody French Colony And There Is No Treaty Of Union Binding Us. France Is The Cause Of This Mayhem Because Of Our Anglo Saxon Values& Our God Given Abundant Natural Resources. But, Make No Mistake, We Shall Overcome With Or Without Corrupted AU UN et al.

  6. Diamond

    August 11, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Thank you BN for using your platform to shine light on this horrific killings

  7. BzKneez

    August 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Long Post warning!

    The Cameroonian govt itself states it has arrested and sanctioned the perpertrators (who were indeed soldiers) of the murder of the women and children in the Far North.

    This started a long time 2 years ago, when Lawyers and Teachers who protested the continuous posting of legal and academic heads (e.g. who practiced French law and had no knowledge of English law or didn’t even speak) yo preside in the English speaking regions.

    Internet has been down in the 2 regions for eons – no be today. Schools have been closed for long stretches. I’m surprised but encouraged to hear that some children still managed to pass their GCE .
    The killings are plenty. Cameroon that used to be a hunting for refugees from Africa since the 90s, is now producing its own batch of refugees.
    Ask Nigerians in the border towns, they will tell you what they see from your side of the border. Heck, ask Nigerians who have returned from years in Cameroon.

    It also didn’t help matters when the Nigerian govt arrested leaders of the Southern Cameroon movement meeting in Nigeria, flying them covertly to Cameroon in Jan 2018. They have not been seen since.

    There is insecurity and a lot of distrust.

    @bellanaija, I am looking forward to the follow up article, hoping for more facts and context. Even if it means going back to the history books. There are verifiable facts obtainable from the Nigerian side to begin with.

  8. by_stander

    August 12, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Anywhere in the world bad things are happening, it would seem when you dig deep enough you will find lawyers or accountants at the source of it.

    There would have been ample opportunities to stop things from spiraling to this point.

    Africans are not going anywhere until they put these two professions in check. stop giving these ******* the power to destroy your societies.

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