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The UK is to supply new emergency aid to help tackle a humanitarian crisis in Cameroon, as the Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin calls for full humanitarian access to save thousands of children’s lives.

Fighting between Anglophone separatists and Cameroon security forces has displaced almost half a million people since tensions flared more than a year ago in the North-West and South-West regions of the country. The humanitarian situation on the ground is deteriorating, food supplies are critical and thousands of children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

The much-needed new UK aid funding, delivered through UNICEF, will:

  • treat 1,300 children who are most at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition
  • provide essential drugs to treat 5,700 children for deadly diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, and acute respiratory infections
  • deliver water and sanitation kits, non-food items and dignity kits to 10,000 people
  • provide 2,000 mosquito-nets to prevent malaria
  • vaccinate 3,500 children against measles
  • identify and support many unaccompanied children.

Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin said:

Hundreds of thousands of people are living in desperate conditions in Cameroon. We call on all parties to provide full humanitarian access to ensure more lives are not put at risk.

It is the most vulnerable, particularly young children, who find themselves on the front line of this humanitarian crisis.

UK aid will make sure the most vulnerable can get the medical treatment, food, water and support they so desperately need.

The new funding will go towards a $15 million (£11.9m) emergency appeal launched earlier this year by the UN.

Notes to editors

  • UK aid will be providing a £2.5m contribution to the UN’s response to the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, with £2m to be disbursed immediately through UNICEF. The remainder will be allocated in 2019 to support the coordination of the international response through the Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE).
  • The total number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) has now reached 437,000. 30,000 refugees have been registered by UNHCR in Nigeria and an unknown number of people have been forced to migrate to other regions of Cameroon. More than 10% of the population of the Anglophone regions has been uprooted.

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Source: gov.uk


The Embassy of the United States of America in Cameroon has once again warned its citizens to avoid the troubled English-speaking regions of the country where security forces have been clashing with armed separatist fighters.

The conflict that has left several persons internally displaces and many fleeing to neighboring Nigeria as many persons have equally lost their lives.

“The level of violence in the Southwest and Northwest Regions continues to increase.   In recent weeks, U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes in both regions. Due to the violence, many medical facilities in these areas are reported to be closed, inaccessible, or severely understaffed,” the US Embassy said in a statement.

“All but mission-essential travel by U.S. Embassy personnel to these regions is prohibited:  our ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these areas is extremely limited,” the statement added.

The US Embassy in Cameroon had equally cautioned its citizens to take various security measures when moving around in the capital Yaounde following news of waves of mass arrests conducted by security forces.

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Source: journalducameroun.com

 

Heavy fightings continue for a second consecutive day in Bambili, Tubah Sub division, North West region of Cameroon between French Cameroun security forces and Ambazonia fighters, sources have confirmed.

A source in Bambili said suspected armed Ambazonia fighters attacked the Bambili gendarmerie brigade on Tuesday morning prompting a heavy gun battle.

The fighting has forced many residents to remain indoors while some businesses have shut down as residents flee for their safety.

Tuesday’s clashes followed on from Monday where the Ambazonia fighters engaged Cameroun security forces around the Fon’s palace as well as towards the ENS street as residents were all indoors observing the traditional “ghost town” Mondays.

It is still difficult to identify casualties but Bambili has been under tension since the end of last week after a lecturer of the University of Bamenda Paul Mbufong was brutally killed in neighboring Bambui.

Source: journalducameroun

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No fewer than 206 network transmission sites belonging to MTN have been destroyed as increasingly bold armed separatists battle with government troops in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

As the secessionists – dubbed Amba Boys – pursue their mission to create an independent state they will call “Federal Republic of Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons)”, their actions have left the North West and South West Regions with intermittent network access – and in some parts, there is no longer any mobile telephone network coverage.

In an interview with NewsWatch, Massey Njiti Bongang, Corporate Communications Manager at MTN Cameroon, said, “A total of 206 MTN sites have been vandalized since April 2018 and/or down because of difficulties to access them for maintenance for reasons of insecurity, making the network coverage poor or almost inexistent in some areas in the North West and South West Regions.

Disgruntled residents have reportedly vandalized network installations because they believe telecoms operators, including MTN, had on at least two occasions in 2017 conspired with the government to disrupt the internet in their regions. MTN is the most popular network in the North West and South West Regions.

MTN has vowed to restore services soon and say they have already reinstated 33 sites with plans to get the other 173 sites up and running, “without putting human life in danger.”

The Cameroon Private-sector Investors and Employers Association (GICAM) said the telecommunication sector is one of the most hit in the long-drawn conflict, “with the systematic destruction of antennas, transmission sites and a geometric fall in turnover.”

In a July 2018 report, GICAM said that telcos in the North West and South West Regions experienced a FCFA 1 billion monthly deficit in turnover and FCFA 300 million worth of equipment destroyed. Out of a total of 618 antennas and transmission sites in the restive areas, 114 were fully or partially destroyed as of July 31, 2018, the report disclosed.

The poor network quality is also attributed to multiple cuts of the optical fibre owned and managed by state-owned Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel).

Source: itwebafrica.com

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The International Rescue Committee is scaling up its response in the region to respond to protection concerns and ensure access to clean water and basic needs.

  • Cameroon’s North West and South West regions are experiencing high levels of insecurity and armed violence, in some cases forcing whole communities to flee.
  • A quarter of a million people have been displaced from their homes in the South West region alone, of which around two-thirds are women.
  • After being forced to flee, many people are sheltering in the bush and relying on local communities for support. They reported urgently needing food, housing, and healthcare.
  • A recent IRC assessment found that people are using extremely negative coping mechanisms including women who are using plant leaves in lieu of sanitary towels.

Since 2016, Cameroon’s predominantly English-speaking North West and South West regions have experienced increasing levels of instability and violence, leading to a socio-economic crisis. Since October 2017 this crisis has gradually turned into insecurity and armed violence. Escalated tensions and multiple conflict outbreaks between the area’s Separatist Militias (SM) and the country’s defense and Security Forces (SF) have affected civilians; forcing many to flee their homes in the two regions.

The International Rescue Committee, in collaboration with two local organizations, Authentique Memorial Empowerment Foundation (AMEF) and Reach Out, recently conducted an assessment in the South West region to understand the needs of the displaced and host communities.

Hannah Gibbin, Cameroon country director for the International Rescue Committee said:

“The escalating crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon has long gone overlooked. A quarter of a million people have been displaced from their homes in the South West alone, of which around two-thirds are women. Access challenges across both regions mean we do not know the full extent of the needs.

After being forced to flee, people are relying on local communities for support and reported urgently needing food, housing, and healthcare. People have had to find shelter and safety in the bush where they have little access to food, clean water, or any other basic services. Others are being sheltered by villagers, where already limited facilities are being overstretched – compounding the crisis for both the displaced and the local villagers. Many people are unable to afford to buy food, leading to them undertaking desperate measures including only eating once a day.

Women are being forced to use plant leaves in lieu of sanitary towels. The IRC found that 13 of the 17 focus groups that asked women about menstrual hygiene materials reported that they do not have access. This was either because they are unable to pay for them, find them or are too afraid to move to do so.

On top of this six of the nine communities assessed do not have adequate latrines meaning people have to go to the toilet in the open, potentially exposing women and girls to exploitation and disease. Where they are available, toilets are unlit at night, have no door or locks and are not segregated by gender, once again putting women at risk.

Community leaders also told the IRC that they are concerned about health services available for pregnant women, including care during deliveries and antenatal care. Only two out of the eight health facilities surveyed have the ability to conduct cesarean sections. A number of others are missing midwives and gynecologists.”

In addition to the risks faced by women the wider displaced community is at risk from malaria and typhoid. The assessment found that health centers are serving up to 66,000 people and that some of the health facilities lack access to both the drugs and equipment needed to adequately support the community. In addition, many health facilities lack the trained staff and equipment to handle a cholera outbreak should one occur.

More than half of the locations assessed have broken water points. Where the water points are functioning, there is a concern of potential contamination and issues of overcrowding and reliability. In some communities, issues around access to water had been exacerbated by the arrival of newly displaced people as the infrastructure can not handle the number of people.

The IRC is working in the South-West region to support people displaced who have fled to areas outside of urban centers, who are most in need. Through local partners, the IRC has distributed 800 specialized kits for women, which include sanitary towels as well as 400 household kits that contain basic items needed for cooking, sleeping and staying clean. Providing safe access is secured, the IRC will scale-up its work to support displaced communities in the area in the coming weeks.

Since 2016, the IRC has been working in the Far North of Cameroon, supporting those affected by the Boko Haram crisis, to meet their basic needs and overcome the trauma they have experienced including through specialized services for women and girls as well as water and sanitation facilities.

The full assessment can be downloaded here.

Source:  rescue.org

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Elimu, Swahili for “imparting knowledge, skill, and judgment,” is the handle for the alternative education project of the Ambazonia grassroots media project the Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation TV (SCBC TV). SCBC TV was born out of the 2017 Cameroon government imposed internet blackout in the occupied territories of Ambazonia also known as the Southern Cameroons.

To start with, SCBC supports without reservation the General Strike (Ghost town action) of the peoples of Ambazonia both as an Ambazonian grassroots movement project but also because the General Strike in itself is a legitimate form of nonviolent resistance.  Thus we would like to categorically state from the getgo that Project Elimu while hoping to help our children learn from home, is NOT in anyway intended to nor will it in anyway undermine the ongoing General Strike.  It is out of our awareness of the importance of education in building a strong foundation for the life of every child, that Project Elimu is being put in place to help our children learn from home in the wake of Cameroon’s refusal to sign the Safe School Declaration, and Cameroon’s sustained attacks on our children and youth in and out of schools. We are hoping project ELIMU will also reduced chances of contact with solders, which has too often than needed turned deadly causing enormous heartache for several Ambazonian families and communities.

We equally look forward to fill the education gaps inherent in the substandard educational system that the neocolonial regime has been so determined to impose on our communities.

SCBC Background

Ambazonia is an English-speaking territory located between Cameroon and Nigeria in West Africa. Ambazonia has been under military occupation by the French neo-colonial regime in Cameroon since an ill-fated UN plebiscite on a confederacy between the two countries in 1961. Immediately before that, Ambazonia had been a UN Trust Territory under British administration— which is why the region’s primary colonial language is English, in contrast to Cameroon in which the primary colonial language is French.

For years there have been waves of protest over the second-class status that is forced on the people of Ambazonia. Despite agreement that Ambazonians get to keep their language and autonomous institutions, Cameroon has systematically eliminated these structures over the years. In the fall of 2016, protests erupted across the territory once more, this time in response to a strike by legal workers called to defend the Ambazonian common law–based judicial system. Though British colonial control was hurtful to Ambazonia in many ways, set in historical context, it was by far the lesser of the evils and left a legacy of respect for a personal-liberties based legal system that has been utilized by legal workers to protect the dignity of the people.

In response to this mass nonviolent demonstration of popular sentiment, the Cameroon military used excessive and unnecessary force to silence the protests. They used helicopter gunships to shoot live ammunition at demonstrations, they chased down and executed hundreds of unarmed protesters, and they detained more than a thousand summarily and without charge. In direct response to these atrocities, for the first time in the history of our struggle, some fractions have chosen to defend their communities with force.

To prevent the people from communicating and reporting these crimes to the outside world, the Cameroon regime cut internet access to the entire territory. In response, community media makers at home and in the diaspora came together to create SCBC TV, which broadcasts remotely from around the world to communities in the occupied territories of Ambazonia––the first community-owned and operated TV station in Africa with global reach.

SCBC TV has been the most prominent tool for mobilizing nonviolent resistance in the occupied territories in this violence-filled time.

Unfortunately, it is clear that the ongoing violence will prevent Ambazonian children from returning to school for the September 2018 academic year. It was in this light that SCBC TV decided to launch an alternative Education TV School which will air lessons into Ambazonian communities under military occupation.

Project ELIMU

September 2018 will be the start of the second academic year in which children in our communities will not be able to go to class as usual because of a conflict that escalated in 2016. To mitigate the damage being done to their education during this time of conflict and the importance of education to the future of our children and society, SCBC decided to start a TV School to provide Ambazonian children the opportunity to learn from home.

The mission of Project ELIMU is to provide a free, world-class education to every child in conflict zones where regular classes are not possible.  We are committed to ensuring that children in conflict zones, starting with Ambazonia can learn from wherever they find themselves just by having access to a TV set and a cellphone. In the medium term, we are looking to extend the program to children in bushes and refugee camps through Project Elimu Learning Centers (PELC).

The Tagline of the Project is: Each One Teach One, making learning a community commitment.

Project Background

The history of TV in the classroom in the US goes as far back as the 1950s. There is a wealth of literature and well-developed sample curricula for TV school projects. That work was further developed by the homeschooling movement of the last 30 years.

We look to build on that research, the developments in the alternative education community including online schools, lectures, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), M-learning, and others to provide our children with high-quality education along with certificates from international accreditation institutions to go with it.

Project ELIMU material is packaged to maximize learning via TV School and optimize learners feedback mostly via cellphone.

Standardized Testing

Project ELIMU is looking to use a multitude of tests based primarily from the best international accreditation and certification institutions. That way when our students following the program they can take the appropriate test for them. We will elaborate on the tests and certification in another document. Project ELIMU will be making an effort to fundraising to cover the cost of some of these international certification tests.

Project Elimu Learning Centers (PELC)

Project Elimu also understands that there are now over 400,000 displaced Ambazonians hiding in bushes and over 60,000 who have sort refuge in Nigeria. For this reason, the project will also include the following elements:

  • Making same study materials readily available online in downloadable format in an app developed by the team called Udemia (https://wudemia.com/). This will enable people to learn from any smartphone or download the material and share with children in other accessible ways on the ground as part of the efforts to reach who might not have access to TV.
  • The project team intends to deploy learning centers across all refugee centers in neighboring Nigeria where all those of school age can also take time to study in the center’s ones they are set up.
  • The team continues engagement with various alternative educators around the world in a bit to continue the research process to make the alternative education not only accessible but worth it for the children who can access it.

To Volunteer, Contact or support the Project Team:

Write to The SCBC Education foundation

Project Elimu Team

Contact by email:  projectelimu@scbctv.com

 

The court “rejects (Osih’s) request as not justified,” presiding judge Clement Atangana ruled at around 2:00 am (0100 GMT) Friday shortly after the closure of hearings that started on Tuesday in the wake of the election on October 7, according to state media.

Cameroon‘s Constitutional Court rejected overnight a post-electoral appeal from Joshua Osih of the Social Democratic Front, the main opposition party, thus rebutting all 18 judicial protests made since a presidential vote.

None of the appeals were successful, whether on grounds of insecurity or alleged mass fraud at the polls.

Osih asked the court for the cancellation of the whole election, in which 85-year-old President Paul Biya was seeking his seventh term after almost 36 years and against a backdrop of mounting resistance in the two English-speaking regions of the country.

The SDF candidate argued that the election “didn’t take place” in these territories, which are historic bastions of his party in a largely Francophone nation, because of the security situation.

The past year has seen the eruption of open warfare in the Northwest and Southwest regions between armed separatists and troops. At least 420 civilians, 175 members of the security forces and an unknown number of separatists have been killed, according to the International Crisis Group.

Hardline militants warned people of reprisals should they go the polling stations. Though the SDF has long opposed the Biya regime, some regard party members as “traitors” for falling short of demanding outright independence for English-speaking areas.

Using a ledger, Judge Atangana told the court that “the election was held in the two regions of the Northwest and the Southwest, where respectively 32,729 and 57,084 voters were recorded,” out of more than one million registered voters.

Lawyers for the SDF presented examples to argue that potential voters had been deprived of their rights either by being already displaced by violence or because they were unable to venture out of their homes.

“The national president of my party, Ni John Fru Ndi, had his house wrecked (in the village of Baba II) and his younger sister was kidnapped because he voted, in defiance of instructions” from haredliners, Osih told the court.

“People are dead because they cast their votes on October 7,” Osih stated.

The state’s official gazette has until Monday to publish the official results of the presidential election.

Source: worldbulletin

The flag bearer of the Social Democratic Front Joshua Osih says he will refuse to be sworn in if he is proclaimed winner of the October 7 Presidential election.

Speaking at the Constitutional Council on Thursday night, Joshua Osih said election took place in only eight of the ten regions of Cameroon and any proclamation of results will be separating the French-speaking part of the country from the English-speaking regions.

“If I am proclaimed as winner, I will refuse to be sworn in to be President of part of a country…,” Osih said.

Joshua Osih stressed that elections were poorly organized in the English-speaking parts describing what took place in that part of the country as an apartheid.

“If Cameroon is one and indivisible, then a part of Cameroon did not vote,”Joshua Osih said adding that “what happened on October 7th is apartheid”

“If the North West and South West regions are in Cameroon, then part of the country did not vote,” Osih said.

The SDF flag bearer tasked the Constitutional Council to restore order or an imminent collapse of the country is lurking around the corner.

Source: journalducameroun

The Lead Counsel of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) party currently defending petitions filed against October 7, 2018, Presidential Election at the Constitutional Council (CC), Barrister Francis Sama, says if the Council does not heed to his party’s request for the total cancellation of the election; it will give him enough reasons to see reasons with the Anglophone « Ambazonians’ Movement.

He was speaking this Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the dock of the Constitutional Council, while presenting the epilogue of his party’s arguments.

According to Barrister Sama, if the Council does not cancel the election; it will give Anglophone Pro Independence Fighters known as « Ambazonians » legitimacy in Cameroon.

He went ahead to posit that, it was shockingly unfair, for over one million people not exercise their civic rights on October 7th due to the massive insecurity that reigns in the two English Speaking Regions.

Quizzed by the President of the Constitutional Council, Justice Clement Atangana, on whether if the Council canceled the election and order for a re-run can SDF guarantee security within the twenty days for the re-run, Barrister Sama responded with all certainty that it will be possible within twenty days.

He urged the incumbent Head of State, Paul Biya, to use his high office and pay an appeasement visit to the Northwest and Southwest Regions so that Cameroon can continue to enjoy hear peace.
« Visit Bamenda, Buea like you visited Maroua. They are your children..they will give you a listening ear., » he said.

Author: Mimi Mefo

Source: mimimefoinfos

13-year-old Ching Randy was seeking refuge in the bush in Bafia around Muyuka in Fako Division of Cameroon’s South West Region when he was shot by soldiers.
« The boy could barely survive because he was shot with live bullets in the head » a source revealed to Mimi Mefo info.

His family immediately laid him to rest in the bushes yesterday Wednesday, October 17, 2018, for fear of being targeted by soldiers who are in the area for surveillance.

Ching Randy was a student of Government Bilingual High School GBHS Muyuka.

The education of many youths in Muyuka and the entire North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have been interrupted since the anglophone crisis escalated in 2016.
Muyuka is now a no-go-area as the military continues to battle with pro-independence fighters.
The town, like neighboring Ekona has remained deserted for months now.

Author: Mimi Mefo

Source: mimimefoinfos

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