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2023 Youth Day: Resist The Temptation To Seek Refuge In The Virtual World – Biya Tells Youths

By Etienne Mainimo

The President of the Republic of Cameroon, H.E Paul Biya has called on youths to resist the temptation of seeking refuge in the virtual world and misuse of the internet and digital platforms.

H.E Paul Biya made the call in his traditional Youth Day message to youths on February 10 as youths get ready to celebrate the 2023 edition on Saturday, February 11.

“…You should also resist the temptation to seek refuge in the virtual world through misuse of the Internet and digital platforms, with the risk of losing touch with reality,” Biya said.

He added, “Aware of these threats, I have instructed the Government to draw up a charter to ensure the protection of children on the Internet in our country. I encourage you, however, to keep up with the times and use digital and technological advancements to improve your living conditions and those of your fellow citizens in the real world.”

Besides, he also urged youths to shun away from deviant behaviour which according to the President, is becoming rife in our society. “Regrettably, such is the case in schools where incivility, substance abuse, assault, and other excesses are increasingly becoming commonplace. Such behaviour should be prohibited as they do not serve your best interests.”

Despite the challenging context, President Biya said, the Government is doing its utmost to create conditions conducive to better socio-professional integration of our youth.

“We certainly need to step up our efforts to get a large number of young people into the workforce. We are committed to achieving that goal. It will be achieved. Therefore, I urge you not to yield to despair, which drives some of you to the perilous path of illegal immigration, or the illusion of easy solutions that only lead to a dead end,” he said.

Talking about reducing unemployment, the President said more efforts will be revitalizing and diversifying the economy, which will certainly create new job opportunities for our youth.

“I must, however, recall that neither the State nor existing private sector enterprises alone can employ all the young people graduating from the traditional educational system each year.”

“That is why, once again, I am urging you to embrace self-employment by taking advantage of the opportunities available in areas such as agriculture, handicrafts, and the digital economy. This is definitely one of the most effective ways of reducing youth unemployment,” he stated.

To foster youth integration into the job market, Biya said, the state is taking action to promote the requisite entrepreneurial culture for youth empowerment.

“That is why I prescribed the Special Three-Year Youth Plan in 2016. This plan has already enabled the financing of over eleven thousand youth projects and generated close to 35 thousand direct jobs, for an overall cost of approximately 20 billion CFA francs,” Biya added.

He further said, “To boost this plan, I have instructed the Government to fast-track the creation of a Guarantee Fund for Young Entrepreneurs, with a special window for financing projects promoted by the youth of the Cameroonian Diaspora.”

As far as education is concerned, he called on youths not to give up. “Most of all, do not give up. Rather, utilize your intelligence, your wisdom, your resolve, your skills, and talents to rise to the current and future challenges.”

While pointing out that he will prioritize the development of the educational system, with further emphasis on professionalization, Biya added that “Besides the traditional educational system, the government has set up vocational training centers of excellence in several localities in the country and will continue to establish them nationwide.”

“An extensive programme to upgrade Rural Artisan and Home Economics Centres for vocational training has been launched, with the operationalization of the Nkongsamba Centre,” he said.

In addition, he urged the youths not to lose hope in their country and to have confidence in the future.

“Challenges will always be a part of human life, but they must be faced with courage and determination. I will always stand by you in this salutary battle, that of meeting your aspirations for progress and modernity. We cannot afford to lose this battle. I know I can count on you. You can count on me,” he promised.

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French President, Emmanuel Macron’s Visit: Key Facts

During Macron’s visit, president Biya could not hear the questions from journalists very well exposing his poor hearing ability.

President Biya maintained that he is not ready to hand over power despite his age, but ready to finish his mandate in 2025 and decide either to go to the village or stay on.

Macron maintained the need for dialogue to resolve the Anglophone crisis.

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How The Ukraine Crisis Is Affecting Africa

The Ukraine crisis is likely to aggravate liquidity issues constraining recovery, increasing food insecurity, see how.  

SRO-SA Director, Eunice G. Kamwendo, noted that African countries are most affected by the pandemic and the combined impact of the COVID-19 and the Ukraine crisis are likely to further aggravate liquidity issues constraining recovery. She reminded that as a region Southern Africa contracted the most out of all the sub-regions in Africa due to Covid-19.

 “According to estimates by the African Development Bank (AfDB) the region’s GDP contracted by as much as 6.3% in 2020, compared to a 2.1% recession for the rest of Africa,” said Ms Kamwendo.

She pointed out that Africa faces a high risk of food insecurity because Russia and Ukraine are major global suppliers of agricultural commodities such as maize, wheat, oils and fertilizers. “The two countries, combined, provide 30 per cent of the world’s wheat and barley needs; supply nearly one-fifth of maize globally, and account for over half of the global market share in sunflower oil, among other commodities.” 

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Zahira Virani added that the war in Ukraine is forcing Africa to revisit its strategies. “Angola is leading the side event because Angola is in a unique position of facing adverse impacts and opportunities at the same time”. She said the African Continental Free Trade Area provided a great opportunity for intra trade and new markets for the country.

Angola Minister of Economy and Planning, Mario Augusto Caetano Joao, informed the meeting that to counter shocks Angola has engaged deep reforms and changed its business model by prioritizing local production and diversifying from focus on oil production to heavy investments in agri business, fisheries, and transport to give the country a comparative advantage. 

“Ten years ago, Angola’s oil dependence was 43% and now oil dependency is only 20% showing that the investments are bearing fruit and the country’s economy has stabilized despite the crisis”. 

Southern Africa participants benefited from the exchange of experiences from East Africa. Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, Uganda Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development encouraged Southern African countries to increase local food production to prevent the dependency on wheat. He gave an example of his country which has increased the production of its staple food and products such as bananas, maize, cassava, palm trees and potatoes. 

Mr Lugoloobi noted that Uganda is a net producer of its food supplies and export to neighbouring countries. The country has also embarked on increasing the production of sunflower oil to counter rising prices and be self-sufficient and able to face shocks.

On policy responses to the Ukraine crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting listened to three other presenters:  Dr. Yamungu Kayandabila the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Tanzania; Mr. Marcos Souto, IMF Country Director in Angola, Dr Eklou Attiogbevi-Somado, Manager for Agriculture and Agro-Industry for West Africa, African Development Bank and Mr. Mtho Xulu, President of South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The meeting, moderated by Joseph Atta-Mensah from ECA’s Macroeconomics and Governance Division, closed with an interactive Question and Answer session involving the panelists, journalists, and representatives of member States African member States,  who reiterated to ECA the importance of the annual Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (CoM) as a platform that allows stakeholders to debate key issues of relevance to Africa’s development.

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HE Roelf Meyer: Lessons From Apartheid South Africa For Anglophone Conflict Resolution

Cameroon can tap from how South Africa resolved its apartheid conflict to solve the current crises especially the Anglophone conflict.

The Anglophone crisis that started in 2016, is trailing humanitarian, socio-political, economic and cultural scars.

Recent statistics show that more than 4000 people have died, about 75,000 refugees are in Nigeria and about 750,000 internally displaced persons within the country.

HE Roelf Meyer, Minister of Constitutional Development under Presidents Federick de Klerk and Nelson Mandela, Chief Negotiator for the National Party Government to end apartheid in South Africa has this to say about the Anglophone crisis. “We have learnt that there is on-going conflict and killing of people on a weekly basis, the crisis is not stopping, rather escalating and that is a big concern for us and for the people of Cameroon.”

However, he stresses that everybody should focus on what should be done to bring the conflict to an end.

The man with a mission to broker peace around the world maintains that there is no conflict that cannot be resolved. He highlighted three key issues which South Africa, 30 thirty years ago did, that could be helpful for Cameroon.

“To have an inclusive approach; build trust across the divides and take the responsibility to look for peace within and not wait for other to do it”.

If these basic principles are in place, Cameroon can also address its conflict (s) successfully, Meyer emphasized.

Meyer and his delegation are on a mission to inspire the Cameroonian people to find their own solutions to the Anglophone conflict.

In his talk on the theme, “Sharing Experiences in Negotiation, Mediation and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts,” he emphasized to students of the Heritage Higher Institute of Peace and Development Studies that each conflict is unique and has to be respected as such.

HE Roelf Meyer and officials of the Higher Institute for Peace and Development Studies

Taking students down apartheid (-a white regime) history lane, he said it started longer than quoted, right from the first white settlers that set foot on African soil and later became institutionalized. This white segregation finally ended in 1994, replaced with democracy and Nelson Mandela the first president.

The fight against apartheid started as a non-violent conflict, and it was not until the 1960s that the African National Congress, ANC party started a military wing to fight apartheid. A similar situation with the Anglophone crisis that started peacefully.

Meyer who has brokered a score of peace deals talked of how the late Nelson Mandela offered exceptional friendship to the whites in South Africa. “The white people put him in jail for twenty-seven years, yet he came out and showed generosity.”

Going by the peace crusader, the starting point of any conflict resolution lies in the willingness of the people to talk to each other, to establish dialogue.

Analyzing what dialogue means, he said, it can actually start with two people, one on one, then to groups of people meeting each other, discussing and dialoguing.

In the case of South Africa, “talks started at a couvert level, not in the public space by intelligence unit. We knew the conflict could not be solved through military or security means and talks with Nelson Mandela started while he was in prison.”

Meyer maintained that there might be a window of opportunity, and Cameroon should ready to use it, or it might slip off as has happened with some conflicts which have dragged on.The reality he said, is that negotiations should be with people with divergent views.

Going by him, “when there is a complete breakdown in negotiations, it is because people do not share the same vision for the future. It is only possible to find a common vision, if people sit and talk about it. And once the vision is there, then the details can be worked out.”, he stressed.

He also posited that the youths should be given the opportunity to come forward to exercise their capabilities, taking an example with himself in his 40s negotiating peace in South Africa.

“The past is important but not the vision for the future, concentrate on the future. The South African solution which Cameroon can tap from is to draft a new constitution as South Africa did,” he concluded.

Prof. Willibroad Dze-Ngwa, Director of the Higher Institute of Peace and Development Studies organized the talks for students of Peace and Conflict Studies on April 20.

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National Youth Day: Celebrations Resume Nationwide After Two Years

By Etienne Mainimo

National Youth Day celebrations in Cameroon have resumed after a two-year suspension due to the global health pandemic, COVID-19.

On Febraury 11, celebrations took off to in all the four corners of the country marking the 56th anniversary.

Celebrations were commemorated under the theme, “Youth and voluntary participation in the major challenges of Cameroon.”

In Yaounde, pupils and students expressed their happiness following the resumption of youth day celebrations.

Few schools were selected to take part in the march past. In addition, the number of schools and pupils, as well as students, were also reduced.

Due to the upsurge COVID-19 in 2020, celebrations marking some important days in Cameroon like Youth Day, Women’s Day, Labor Day, and National Day celebrations were suspended.

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President Biya Urges Cameroonians To Mobilize Massively Towards A Remarkable AFCON

By Etienne Mainimo

The President of Republic of Cameroon, H.E Paul Biya has called on Cameroonians to mobilize massively to make TotalEnergies 2021 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nation, AFCON  the most beautiful football jamboree ever organized on our continent.

President Paul Biya made the call during the traditional End of Year address to the nation on December 31, 2021.

“…As  we  prepare  to  celebrate  African  football,  I  urge Cameroonians to mobilize massively to make AFCON 2021 the most beautiful football jamboree ever organized on our continent,” Biya said.

He added, “We want it to be a great moment of brotherhood.  It therefore behoves us to extend a warm welcome to the 24 sports delegations, officials and all those who will be staying in our country during the tournament.”

“Let us offer our guests the rich cultural diversity that has earned our country the nickname “Africa in miniature”. Let us extend to them the hospitality they rightfully expect from us, and which is part and parcel of our traditions.” he said.

To the Cameroon national team, the President said, “…Before  I  conclude,  I  would  like  to  call  on  our  Beloved Indomitable Lions to do their utmost to ensure that they end this festival in grand style on the evening of 6 February 2022. Let us rise to the challenge and remind the world that we are a great Nation.”

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#Buea: School Child Dies From Gendarme Bullets

Carolaise, a child of four years was shot dead in Buea, in the crisis Anglophone region of Cameroon this morning by a gendarme officer on patrol.

The angry population is said to have descended on the officer had him well beaten and stoned to death.

According to the Lekunze Barbara, sister to late Carolaise’s mother, the sister was sitting behind the car with three of her children. All she heard was gunshots and the child sitting closest to her was in a pool of blood and died on the spot.

According to a Lawyer, Agbor Balla, “two gendarme officers on patrol at Molyko-Bwitingi stretch of road, directly behind the Molyko-Omnisport Stadium, opened fire at a car carrying a 4 years old school child and unfortunately, the child died.

It is not very clear who was taking her to school the driver or the mother of the deceased girl was driving past the gendarme on patrol when she was stopped by the two officers.

The driver hesitated and drove past the post informing them that she was running late as she was taking her daughter to school.

One of the gendarme officers opened fire at the shield of her car and the bullet hit the child on the head, shattering her skull and she died instantly”.

Agbor Balla maintains that this action brought an uproar as the angry mob took hold of the gendarme and pounced on him, killing him with stones, while his colleague escaped the scene.

“We condemn the impunity with which the military acted, and call on the state to investigate the matter and ensure that the baby is given a befitting burial and the family compensated.We equally condemn the mob Justice meted out to the gendarme officer resulting in his death”, Agbor Balla stated.

Speaking to the angry crowd, the Governor, Okalia Bilai begged them to take the remains of the mortuary, but they have been parading the corps in whole of Buea.

In a release, Defense Ministry spokesperson said the driver refused to obey the officer and this led to the shooting. Defense Ministry regrets the incident and promised to investigate.

Meanwhile social media has been awash with imaged of the child without a skull on the streets of Buea. The Grand mother of the little baby stripped naked on the street when she saw the lifeless body of her grand child.

The mother of the child is in a state of trauma and can be seen in a video asking if the child has been given her Yogourt.

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“Becoming First Woman Sweet Potato Bread Baker Changed My Life”-Odette Fin

A safe haven for women to bond, look out for each other and become financially independent in the crisis ridden Northwest village-Fungom Farms

Odette Fin, 32 years, mother of four, is proud to have been trained to be the first woman sweet potato bread baker in Menchum Division, Northwest Cameroon.

Like most women in the area, Fin made a living from farming but now she sees her life differently.

Her story to becoming the first woman sweet potato baker stated in 2019 when the Fungom Farms set its base in her village.

First, with other women, she farmed potatoes, harvested, cleaned and transformed to flour, stocked it in bags.

Then, an opportunity came knocking to train in baking.  Fin and two other women enrolled but they preferred farming, so she was the only person completed the training.

Fungom Farms, a family business that owns the IR company- a sustainable development cooperative, working together to ensure food security in the village, brought in a baker who trained Fin.

Today she is the pride of the community as the first female sweet potato baker.

“I learnt baking for three months and now I am happy with my new life”, Fin said.

“My day starts with preparing my kids for school. When they are gone, i also head to the bakery.  I sweep and keep the environment clean, clean the baking kit, measure and weigh the quantity of sweet potato flour that I mix with wheat flour”, she recounts.

On a typical business day, Fin can bake about 10,000 loaves ranging from FCFA 100, 250, and 500.

“The population are marveled because they did not know bread could be made from sweet potatoes.  They love the bread”, she said.

As a baker, Fin says her life has changed, that she is living a good life compared to when she was farming.

“I pay school fees and buy books for my kids, I am grateful to Fungom Farms for investing in me, giving the new skill.

If there are any women interested, I advise them to learn baking.

The company which started in 2019, baking normal bread turned to sweet potato bread thanks to the research carried out by the manager.

Besides sweet potato bread, Cameroonian bakers are trying their skills in baking bread from cassava, cocoyam, plantain and yam to seduce customers.

In a way, they transform farm produce, for the population to eat organic food and reduce post-harvest losses.

The Fungom Farms , produce about 25 tons of potatoes every year and buy more from the villagers, one of the farm hands, Tchinda stated.

Fungom Farms based in Mekaf village, covering 25 villages does not only farm potatoes, but also vegetables, maize, groundnuts, soya bean, palms, cassava.

The farm sustains 370 families, 80 contributors, supplies five villages, and many customers.

With the ongoing crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions, the idea of a cooperative has been a survival strategy as people could not go to their farms individually.

“Working as a group, a cooperative has built a bond among the members”, the Manager, Henry Bung stated.

Though women work as a cooperative where they are paid, they also own individual sweet potato farms, Bung added.    

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Police Vs Civilians: President Biya Downgrades Men In Uniform

Paul Biya in a note on September 15, sanctioned eight police officers by downgrading them to lower ranks for a myriad of reasons.

These range from abandonment of post, failure to pay rents, private debts, distraction, sale of a motorbike of dubious origin, loss of a service weapon with 13 ammunitions, extortions.

These sanctions come within context recurrent clashes between civilians and police men on the streets of major Cameroon towns like Yaounde and Douala.

Prior to the presidential note, on September 10, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji swarned that Cameroonians who abused men in uniform would be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Penal Code.

Atanga Nji cautioned civilians to follow legal channels in case a police officer abuses his position.

The Minister of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo on September 14, in the same vein promised hard times for civilians who show lack of respect to army officers.

This was during a ceremony to send the 8th badge of the peace keeping mission to the Central African Republic.

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Kumba Killings: Buea Military Court Sentences Accused To Execution By Firing Squad

The Buea Military Tribunal has today , September 7, sentenced four accused persons of orchestrating the Kumba killings to execution by firing squad.

On October 24, gunmen killed seven school children of the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy in Kumba Southwest region.

Following arrests, four people were standing trial at the Buea Military Tribunal, on charges of acts of terrorism, hostility against the father land, secession, Insurrection, murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions.

They have ten days to appeal the case.

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Timeline of Kumba Killings

  • October 24: Shooting, families grieved as dead bodies of their children were taken to the mortuary, Doctors Without Borders treated the wounded
  • October 25 : Rene Emmanuel Sadi, Government spokes person accused separatists of carrying out the school attack
  • October 26: Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute announced a condolence mission to families of the deceased children
  • October 27: Women marched in Yaounde decrying the Kumba killings, calling for an end to the Anglophone crisis
  • October 27: President Biya condemned the Kumba killings, ordered investigations, promised punishment to the killers
  • October 27: Three ministers, territorial administration, basic and secondary education visited families in Kumba with condolence messages
  • Bamenda women marched to the governor’s officers to say they are tired of the killings
  • October 28: Samuel Ikome Sako separatist led group gave reasons they have no hand in the kumba killings and blamed government
  • October 28: Pope Francis said the killings in Kumba should never happen again
  • October 28: President Biya decreed national mourning day
  • October 28: Government said separatists killed the students and they were in search of ten suspects.
  • November 5: Burial of Kumba students
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Murder In The Church: Christian Dead, Pastor Shot

By Etienne Mainimo

A woman identified as a hairdresser in Bali, Northwest Region of Cameroon whose name we are yet to confirm has been killed.

According to an eye witnesses account, the attack was carried out by ‘suspected government forces’ on Sunday August 22.

The pastor of Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC Ntanfoang was shot in the hand.

Even though Cameroonfactfinder is still following up the updates, report say, bullets were sprayed in the direction of the church, during the traditional Sunday worship.

Several Christians of the congregation are in a still of fear and shock and all of them declined to talked to this reporter.

Bali has recently been under heavy tension after five police officers were murdered in an ambush by suspected separatist fighters

The attack prompted the SDO of the area to ban the circulation of motor bikes in Bali Nyonga sub-division for a period of three months renewable.

Separatists on their part banned cars from circulating in Bali.

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Totalenergies AFCON, Cameroon 2021: Cameroonians Await Draw With Assorted Opinions

BY Etienne Mainimo

In less than 72 hours, different nations expected to take part in the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations, AFCON Cameroon 2021 will know their opponents when the draws are conducted in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaounde.

Scheduled to take place on August 17, the 24 participating teams will be divided into six groups of four teams each. Ahead of the draws, tongues are waging at various joints across the city.

From drinking spots to some play-grounds in the neighbourhood, everyone is anxious to see which team will play against Cameroon in the upcoming AFCON.

“I am really very anxious to see which teams will be placed to play against Cameroon but I have the fear that Cameroon is going to have a very difficult group. All the teams to participate are not small team and foreseeing my country to be in a tough group,” James Bondi said.

To Edwin, “Cameroon is going to have a good opponents and I have the strong believe that we are going to go far in the competition. I will not be happy to see some of the big football names like Egypt and others in Cameroon’s group. Let us meet them in the second round.”

In a drinking spot, Stella says, “Let us wait and see what will happen on Tuesdays. We love to see our country in a good group but whatever comes out; we will accept it and deal with squarely. We are Cameroonians and noting is impossible.”

In the meantime, 24 qualified teams including host Cameroon will be allocated to four pots of six teams each, based on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

The top four teams will be allocated to Pot 1 along with the hosts, Cameroon and title holders Algeria. The remaining 18 teams will be allocated to the three remaining pots.

Host, Cameroon will be pre-assigned to position A1. The remaining five teams in pot 1 will automatically be drawn into position one of each group.

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Patients Helpless As DWB Quits Northwest Cameroon After 8 Months Suspension

By Etienne Mainimo

Patients and victims of the ongoing conflict in Anglophone regions are helpless as Doctors Without Borders, an International Humanitarian Medical Non-Governmental Organization, NGO says they are leaving the crisis hit Northwest Region of Cameroon.

According to the NGO’s operations coordinator of Central Africa, Emmanuel Lampaert, they cannot longer stay any longer in a region where they are not allowed to provide health care to the people.

“We cannot stay any longer in a region where we are not allowed to provide care to people here. Unfortunately, we cannot keep our staff on standby any longer, so we have no choice but to withdraw our teams.

However, we will keep a small liaison office in Bamenda, the regional capital to continue our dialogue with the authorities,” Emmanuel Lampaert said.

Going by Doctors Without Borders, they are withdrawing their team following government suspension of their activities from the region after a series of allegations accusing them of supporting local armed groups.

Despite categorically rejecting of the accusations and following countless months of exchanges, Cameroonian authorities refused to grant the NGO the opportunity to resume its medical activities.

“This suspension significantly reduces access to medical services in an area where communities are badly affected by armed violence. We hope that the provision of medical humanitarian assistance to everyone, without distinction, will still be possible. The people are paying a very heavy price for this situation. If the authorities decide to lift our suspension, we will resume our medical activities as soon as possible,” Lampaert further said.

To him, “It is essential that other organizations step in to provide additional support to the Ministry of Health to ensure the provision of care for vulnerable people. This must be done with absolute respect for health facilities, staff and patients.”

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Before suspending their activities on December 8, 2020, Doctors Without Borders was accuse by government for supporting local armed groups.

Responding, the NGO in a statement said, they categorically reject the allegations of having provided support for separatist fighters in the North-West.

They affirmed that, “We have never facilitated the transport of arms, ammunition or armed combatants, and have never provided logistical or financial support to any of the parties to the ongoing crisis. In Cameroon as everywhere else in the world, we operate in the strictest respect of our charter, which requires us to act in a framework of total independence, neutrality and impartiality and to apply a policy of zero tolerance for the presence of weapons in the structures and vehicles we support and maintain.”

Having reiterated our call, as expressed in our in a press release of June22, that the suspension of activities be lifted in the North-West in view of its impact on local communities, government didn’t react.

Since 2018, Doctors Without Borders have provided free emergency medical care and ambulance services in the North-West region. The NGO has been one of the few international NGOs that is offering free medical care to communities in the North-West region, and managed the only 24/7 free ambulance service in the area.

Each year, tens of thousands of patients benefited from its support in a region where access to care has been significantly reduced by armed violence.

For four years, the crisis has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left many healthcare facilities dysfunctional. Many people are struggling to access the remaining open healthcare facilities due to financial, security and geographic constraints.

In 2020, until the suspension of its operations, the teams in the North-West region treated 180 survivors of sexual violence, provided 1,725 mental health consultations, performed 3,272 surgeries, and transported 4,407 patients by ambulance, more than 1,000 of whom were women about to give birth.

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Women’s Peace Convention: After Surviving An Armed Attack, Victim Begs For Peace

My appeal is for government, international NGO’s, those in the bush and the diaspora, to join forces to end the crisis.  

Caroline Agbor in her late forties, a single parent of five, with a half hand as a result of the crisis, more than five scars, untold trauma, has a reason to beg for peace.

Former headmistress, nursery school teacher in Mamfe in the Southwest region of Cameroon is a victim of the ongoing crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions.

March 16, 2019, is the day her life took a nose dive.

“We were sitting in-front of the house with neighbours, four armed men came and ordered us to get into the house”.

Ma Agbor said when she got up to enter the house and one of them followed her, asked her to support the ‘struggle’ with money for bullets.

“When I gave all I had, FCFA 30,000, he said it was not enough. He insisted I follow him out of the house. He stressed that I should go and explain to their senior that i would give the money”.

Then, five meters from Ma Agbor house, they met the rest of the armed group.


They said, “You are a teacher, you teachers started the crisis in Cameroon. Now you don’t have enough money to support us, you have to exchange your life for money”.

“I lay flat on my stomach as I was told, but, placed my two hands on my neck”.

“He took up the machete, I just started meditating and as he was about to hack off my head I defended with my hand and he chopped it off”.

“Unconscious, like coming out of a deep sleep, he hit the hand again and I got up”.

When the youths the neighbour called for youths to rescue me approached, he ran, Ma Agbor recounted.

 Ma Agbor’s luck was that her house was close to the seminar where they first took her and the Rev. father transported her to the hospital in Mamfe.

In the car and later in the hospital, Agbor realised she had multiple wounds from the lumps of blood.

“I had a wound on my ear and back had about five wounds, the veins in three fingers cut and the elbow”.

My appeal is for government, international NGO’s, those in the bush and the diaspora, to join forces to end the crisis.  

The Anglophone crisis on going for four years, has caused huge damage to lives and property and the destruction according to Amnesty International is enormous.

“Like a woman, i cry for help, join us let us attain peace in Cameroon. We are suffering”, she said.

About 1000 women like Agbor have converged on Yaoundé to join their voices to others, to drum the need for peace.  

Government in 2020 initiated the national dialogue but implementation of the recommendations has been slow, while the crisis lingers.

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CRM March: Reasons For The Ban

This is the first march by the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, since leader, Maurice Kamto came out of house arrest

The Divisional officer for Yaounde 1, has banned a march announced by the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM.

Scheduled for July 25, ‘the big republican march’ was expected to start from Warda through La Retraite College to Nlongkak.

But the local administrative officer has banned the march for two reasons:

-Risk of disturbing public order

-Risk of spreading Covid-19.

This is not the first time a march by the opposition MRC party is banned. In the past, CRM party supporters defied the ban and went out to march.

Some these supporters are still in prisons around the country arrested at different times for taking part in a march.