Ma Agbor

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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