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Cameroon’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Jakiri special constituency, Joseph Wirba, has called on the government of the United Kingdom to protect him and the people of Southern Cameroons from the brutal violence of the government of Cameroon.

Wirba who has been on the run since his 2017 vocal stance in the Cameroon national assembly against the injustices faced by Southern Cameroonians, is presently in the United Kingdom.

In Press release dated November 18, signed by Dr. Augustine Mofor, Coordinator of Hon. Wirba Support Team, Wirba exhorts Southern Cameroonians at home and in the diaspora to remain unconditionally united, courageous and maintain the resistance until their dignity as a free, peace-loving people is restored.

Source:  Journalducameroun.com

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Madam Chantal Biya

The First Lady of the Republic of Cameroon

The Unity Palace

Yaounde, Cameroon

Central Africa

November 13, 2018

A Call For Compassion: An Open Letter To Mrs. Chantal Biya

It is with greatest concern and respect for the future of women, children and people of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) that I greet you in this unusual correspondence. It is my hope and certainly my trust that this letter finds you in the best of health.

I still recall the excitement and joyous day on April 23rd, 1994, when as a young woman you got married and became the First Lady of the Republic of Cameroon. I celebrated that day for two reasons; that the country had as First Lady a younger woman and with the establishment of the Chantal Biya Foundation that same year, you demonstrated your desire to attend to the sufferings of the vulnerable, underprivileged, the sick and weak in Cameroon. I knew that as a woman and a mother, the sanctity of life and the burning desire to protect it was very close to your heart and this has been demonstrated through your philanthropic and humanitarian efforts through the years. With your humanitarian credentials, there was no doubt in my mind that you would protect the best interest of the people of Cameroon as their First Lady.

However, I write to you today, forced into exile and no longer in Cameroon, nearly twenty-four years later with a heavy heart. I hold a heavy heart because of the desperate and horrific situation in Southern Cameroons

The conflict in the Southern Cameroons has taken a terrible toll on the vulnerable community and the stench of death and desolation has engulfed the villages, towns and cities. The depravity and senseless disregard of human life by the security forces of the government of Cameroon is alarming. We are seeing scenes reminiscent of the Ethiopian civil war in the 80s with dead bodies abandoned on the side of our roads, charred bodies of our elderly and vulnerable, burnt alive in their homes and entire villages incinerated from the face of the earth.

The security forces are carrying out extra-judicial killings of the population, the lives of our active young men are no longer assured today than it is tomorrow, and our young women are raped with reckless brutality by the security forces of the government of Cameroon. The trauma and scars of death on the desolate eyes of our children seeing their parents savagely bludgeoned by the security forces is leaving a painful impact characterized by nightmares in these young minds. Most of the indigenous population has been forced into the open forest and exposed to the elements. Nursing mothers and women under their period are left with no options, but to use dead vegetation for their basic hygienic needs. It is a terrible sight to behold.

Cash crops like cocoa, coffee, palm kernels have been abandoned to waste in the farms because the farmers have either been forced to flee or are too afraid to even hold their artisanal tools like cutlasses to go to the farms because that is in itself a death sentence from the security forces. Almost 300,000 IDP and about 100,000 refugees living in squalid conditions in neighboring Nigeria, thousands killed, and some buried in mass graves and thousands arrested, abducted and whisked to dangerous dungeons in Cameroon. The economy of Southern Cameroons that have been systematically abandoned for the last 57 years has been completely eviscerated and devastated by the conflict, punitive curfews and road closures that make movement and commerce between villages and towns perniciously impossible and frustrating.

My hearts bleeds for the children and women rendered orphans and widows, my heart bleeds upon the dark clouds circling above Southern Cameroons, My heart bleeds for the painful and horrific burning of elderly men and women in their homes, the pain, the anger, the complete obliteration of entire communities and cultures. I weep for the mothers and wives of the young soldiers whose lives are also being wasted in this senseless war.

It was permissible in the beginning of this crisis that you stayed silent, it was permissible that you remained indifferent, but it is no longer permissible in light of what we know now. It is no longer permissible as a mother of the nation who understands the pain of childbirth to remain indifferent to the plight of the people of Southern Cameroons. It is a travesty that the pain and suffering of mothers and young women who looked up to you, who sang, praised and celebrated you have been abandoned and treated with this level of disdain. How do you sleep at night as a mother knowing that young children have been deprived of education because of the security situation for the past two years, how do you wake up each morning not knowing what may happened to your loved ones in Southern Cameroons and how can you stay mute for this long with the unravelling refugee crisis in Southern Cameroons. What has happened to the humanity in you? Cry My Beloved Country!

As the wife of Sissiku Julius Ayuk-Tabe (leader of Southern Cameroons), I understand the political implication of this crisis. However, there are times when humanity and government come together for a common goal. In this case, the goal is the protection of humanity; the innocent and helpless men, women and children in Southern Cameroons. They are unable to speak or defend themselves. They live in terror because they never know when they hear the sound of guns in their village if it is their turn to be killed or taken away in the darkness of the early morning. Imagine the terror that overcomes them when they hear the deafening screams of a sister, aunt, cousin, a playmate or a mother being brutally raped. They know then that they are next. It is compared to an execution queue where men are waiting to be taken away for execution, and they hear the deadly sound of the firing squad as they queue in and wait their turn. The torture, taunts and torments are unimaginable, and you could hear grown men crying.

I realize that I may come under criticisms and accusations for writing this letter to you. I have no other motive to write this letter, other than for you to rally the mothers of Cameroon and bring pressure to bear on your husband and the government of Cameroon for an inclusive dialogue and a negotiated solution to this crisis and the immediate release of our leaders including my husband. The deafening silence from you is no longer acceptable. The lives of 8 million Southern Cameroonians and the fate of their leaders in jail is in your hands. Madam First Lady set the example for other women to follow.

It is not too late for you to send the message; that the mothers of Cameroon will no longer tolerate this war. The Southern Cameroons women will applaud you and women around the world will celebrate you.

The Lives of Southern Cameroons children, mothers and fathers also Matter and the continuing silence in the face of these killings is collusion.

I look forward to collaborating with you to look for an inclusive and negotiated solutions to this crisis.

Respectfully,

Lilian Ayuk-Tabe

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Over 30,000 Cameroonian refugees fleeing violence are currently seeking refuge in Nigeria, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.

According to Babar Baloch, a spokesperson for UNHCR, the needs on the ground to cater for the refugees in Nigeria were outpacing donor efforts.

He said the situation was particularly worrying for women and children, accounting for close to 80 percent of arrivals, saying most of the refugees are sheltering in Nigeria’s southeastern areas, hosted by local communities.

Baloch said reports indicated that scores of people had been killed in English-speaking areas of Cameroon and thousands forced from their homes, including many who have sought refuge in Nigeria.

According to Nigeria Politics, an online platform, the UNHCR boss said the refugee agency was facilitating voluntary relocation of refugees to settlements in Cross River and Benue provinces, which provide better security, shelter and access to essential services.

“Currently, more than 9,000 Cameroonian refugees have been moved to new settlements, where they receive food as well as essential items such as mattresses, mosquito nets, stoves and cooking utensils, as well as equipment to build shelters,” Baloch said.

The UNHCR spokesperson added that women and girls were also being provided with dignity kits, including among other items, buckets, soap and towels.

In some instances, cash assistance is provided to enable refugees buy food directly from the markets in host communities, helping facilitate the integration of those forced to flee and those welcoming them, he stated.

“However, despite the work of UNHCR and other aid organizations, the needs are far from being met and there are several challenges, including education opportunities for refugee children.

“The rainy season and harsh road conditions to remote areas make the assistance to the refugees outside of the newly-developed settlement very difficult, with acute needs for food, shelter, water and sanitation,” he said.

Baloch explained that discussions were ongoing with the Government for improved access to the displaced population.

Source: independent.ng

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About 437,000 people have fled their homes in Cameroon’s western English-speaking regions since late last year

Tens of thousands of people who fled Cameroon’s separatist conflict will receive food aid next week after months of hiding in the forest with nothing to eat, the United Nations said.

About 437,000 people have fled their homes in Cameroon’s western English-speaking regions since late last year, when insurgents started fighting to break away from the majority French-speaking state.

But government restrictions and a lack of security on the ground have made it difficult for aid agencies to reach them, and a tense election last month halted humanitarian work for weeks, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

President Paul Biya was re-elected by a landslide on Oct. 7 to extend his 36-year rule, while the opposition claimed fraud.

The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) will deliver food to 50,000 people on Nov. 14 in the first major food drive, said WFP country representative Abdoulaye Balde.

“The problem is access,” Balde told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The United Nations delivered some non-food items over six months ago, but afterward struggled to get into the zone, he said.

“We didn’t know what there was there. We didn’t know where these people were.”

The government has organised several small-scale food distributions in recent months, but most people have yet to benefit, said Modibo Traore, head of OCHA in Cameroon.

Cameroon’s government spokesman and minister of territorial administration could not be reached for comment.

“The food situation in the coming months is going to deteriorate,” Traore told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Funds from external donors have been very, very limited. That’s preventing us from scaling up the response,” he said, adding that lengthy government clearance processes have also hampered aid delivery.

Many of the people are living outside, in need of shelter, medical supplies, and basic items such as soap, he said.

But several among them said hunger was the greatest concern.

Jenny, a 22-year-old who gave only her first name, is living with extended family in the outskirts of Douala after fleeing her village in the southwestern region when fighting broke out.

“Thanks to God, we are alive,” she said. “But we don’t eat.”

Author: Josiane Kouagheu | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Source: reliefweb.int

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A private Cameroonian television station has been barred from broadcasting for six months in neighboring Gabon after erroneously reporting the death of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who is in hospital in Saudi Arabia suffering from exhaustion, Libreville authorities said.

Vision 4, thought to be close to the Cameroonian government, reported on Saturday that the Gabonese president had died.

Bongo, 59, fell ill last Wednesday during a visit to Riyadh to attend an economic forum in the Saudi capital, where he remains in hospital.

His spokesperson Ike Ngouoni said on Sunday that doctors there had diagnosed him with “severe fatigue” and ordered bed rest.

Ngouoni called for “vigilance” against “fake news” after Vision 4’s report.

Gabon’s broadcasting authority HAC, which met on Tuesday, said in a statement that the “incorrect and false” report had “undermined national unity, social cohesion, and public order”.

Bongo took over as leader of the oil-rich equatorial African nation in 2009 on the death of his father Omar Bongo, who had ruled since 1967.

Ali Bongo was re-elected in 2016 by just a few thousand votes in a controversial presidential election.

Source: news24.com

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An American missionary who arrived Cameroon on the 18th of October 2018 with his wife and 8 children has been killed by forces loyal to the Biya Francophone regime. Charles Trumann Wesco was shot in Bambui some few kilometers from Bamenda the chief city in the Northern zone.

Cameroon Concord News sources revealed that the late Charles Truman did receive emergency treatment at Bambui and was referred to the Bamenda Regional Hospital but died from injuries sustained from gunshots aimed at him.

A District Medical Officer reportedly called for an ambulance from Bamenda this morning to transport a female student shot in the stomach by Cameroon government forces in Bambui but the rescue team were refused passage around Mile 6 Nkwen by Biya regime soldiers.

Our senior correspondent in Bamenda said there were civilian casualties in Bambili that could not be reached by the emergency team. We understand intense fighting is going on in Bambui and Bambili involving Ambazonian Restoration forces and Cameroon government troops.

An American Missionary by name Charles Trumann Wesco shot dead in Bambui, Northen zone of Ambazonia by French Cameroun military.
A press release from the Interim Government of Ambazonia.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018. The press release read.

An American Missionary by name Charles Trumann Wesco shot dead in Bambui, Northen zone of Ambazonia by French Cameroun military.

An American Missionary by name Charles Trumann Wesco shot dead in Bambui, Northen zone of Ambazonia by French Cameroun military. A press release from the Interim Government of Ambazonia.Tuesday, October 30th, 2018. The press release read.Follow SCBC TV on Twitter using this link: https://twitter.com/scbc_tv

Posted by Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation – SCBC on Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Author: Asu Vera Eyere

Source: Cameroon Concord News

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Maurice Kamto, candidate of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM), at the Cameroon October 7 presidential election, has said his national resistance plan against the President-elect, Paul Biya, will continue despite government crackdown on his supporters.

After Cameroon’s constitutional council declared Biya winner of the elections, Kamto had fired back.

Reacting to the constitutional council’s October 22 declaration,  Professor Maurice Kamto released a document which shows that he, Kamto, won by over 39% of validly cast votes.

In a video Kamto had called on public protests, urging party militants and Cameroonians in general, to rise up against the injustice. Some party militants heeded to the call, with many in and out of Cameroon taking to the streets. In Cameroon, the public protests both in Douala and Yaounde was met with fierce government’s crackdown as security forces arrested scores of CRM militants.

Hailing the brave militants, the CRM boss said those who were detained for decrying injustice will forever be heroes.

In a message dedicate to who he called patriots, Maurice Kamto said;

“To all the patriots of the diaspora who mobilized themselves as never before in our history since the proclamation of the unfair results of the presidential election of October 7; to all Cameroonians at home and abroad who have courageously been committed to this struggle of the National Resistance Plan (NRP) the past weekend; to those of you, who last Saturday and from the banks of River Wouri made Douala and Cameroon vibrate, by your peaceful and courageous acts; to the Cameroonian diaspora who from your stay in foreign land have joined your voices and your footsteps to those of the compatriots of Douala; to the protesters of the Roman Catholic Community of Yaoundé who, on the esplanade of Our Lady Cathedral, in silence, meditation, prayer, and in a peaceful manner, were in total fellowship last Sunday with the ideal to seek the truth of the presidential election of October 7, 2018; to those who brought their support and compassion to the imprisoned protesters, you were able to bear the cost of their arbitrary arrest, you have become heroes and your courage commands admiration, which by every way strengthens our determination to resist arbitrary arrest and oppression. Also, I strongly and vigorously condemn the squashing of your liberties and your rights by the forces against Truth, Law and Justice and I assure you of my unflinching commitment to this struggle.

To the lawyers and other people of good will who have spontaneously mobilized to defend those whose fight for freedom and justice led to their detention, hear in my voice the expression of my patriotic gratitude towards you.

Let’s stay mobilized because the national resistance continues!”

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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A group of persons on Sunday morning staged a protest in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde to denounce what they call an electoral hold up leading to the inauguration of Paul Biya as President of Cameroon for another seven-year mandate.

Dozens of persons held placards in front of the Yaounde Metropolitan Cathedral denouncing what they term rigging at the October 7 Presidential election that saw Paul Biya re-elected with 71.28 percent of the votes.

STAND UP AUJOURD'HUI DEVANT LA CATHEDRALE DE YAOUNDEEcoutez la violence verbale tout autour, mais surtout, notez l'accent bulu de ceux qui parlent ainsi. C'est les memes gens qui tabassaient et puis tuaient les Anglophones en novembre 2016, avant d'être abattus un a un et envoyes au sous-sol a Akonolinga nioxer les satanettes. Les voila qui veulent chasser des gens du Temple de Dieu. On va y arriver, c'est-a-dire, a les vaincre, j'ai bien dit vaincre, et ils seront vaincus, au besoin, militairement, car chaque espace de liberté se conquiert. Modele anglophone.Nous avons pris le pouvoir! Defendons-le!#Chassement Concierge de la republique

Posted by Patrice Nganang on Sunday, 28 October 2018

Sunday’s protests followed up from Saturday in Douala where 42 persons were arrested for staging a peaceful demonstration against the electoral process.

Amongst the persons arrested was lawyer Barrister Michele Ndoki whose picture emerged online as she was pulled out of a gutter by security forces.

A journalist covering the Douala protests Mathias Ngamo Mouende was equally arrested amongst the protesters and taken to the judicial police in Bonanjo for “questioning”.

“This is an attempt by the regime to silence the press but we will not back down. We call for the unconditional release of Mathias,” the Cameroon Journalists’ trade union said in a statement.

“Police assured us no one is hurt and after taking statements they will be released,” civil society activist Edith Kah Walla said before their release.

They were only released after pressure from civil society actors who pressed for an unconditional release before they could leave the police premises where they had all camp.

Saturday’s protests fall in line with a series of nationwide demonstrations called for by opposition party the Cameroon Renaissance Movement-whose candidate Maurice Kamto finished as runner-up at the October 7 Presidential election- ahead of the inauguration of Paul Biya.

However, the Government of Cameroon has warned any dissent will be met with a severe crackdown by security forces.

“All those who will attempt to violate the laws of the republic, will answer before the court, and be rigorously treated by the same laws,” Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji warned.

Source: journalducameroun

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Security

Cameroon is a linchpin both in the global war on terror and in support of UN and African Union peace operations.

The United States has trained the BIR (Bataillon d’Intervention Rapide) for operations against Boko Haram and continues to maintain a significant presence, but the BIR is now active in the west, operating from its large base in Ambas Bay, near Limbe with the same impunity as it does in the far north.

Concerns have also been raised in Israel about its past training and equipping of the BIR.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic depends on the port of Douala and Cameroon’s road network to transport needed supplies to the landlocked country, in addition to the 1,000 troops, Cameroon deploys there.

Besides the historically strong security ties with France, China is becoming a close defense partner.

The African Union selected Douala as the site for its AU Continental Logistics Base.

Economy

Large investments by French, U.S., Chinese and U.K. firms further insulate the Biya regime against international censure.

The Chad-Cameroon pipeline, which luckily for Yaoundé does not transit the western regions, ships crude oil for landlocked Chad produced by two major international producers: ExxonMobil and the China National Petroleum Company.

U.K.-based New Age LNG Ltd finalized an agreement in June with the Cameroon government for its offshore natural gas production near Limbe in the Southwest region.

Ambazonia groups raised alarms about the nature of this deal with New Age.

Early in 2018, Kribi Port was officially commissioned, a deep-sea container terminal built and financed by China and operated by a Franco-Chinese consortium.

The fees, taxes, and royalties from these projects and others fund administration, military expenditures and Biya’s frequent travel, but they don’t incentivize the government to build the foundations of an inclusive political and economic system or worry about falling cocoa production by small-scale producers, mostly in the west.

These factors clarifies why the government is not heeding to any calls and the UN and AU are liptied.

Only the people of Cameroon can decide their future.

Source: thepostnewspapercameroon

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