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Anglophone crisis: PCC quickly forgets their initial stance, begins to count their losses as enrollment plummets in schools

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The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC has been decrying the falling number of their students as the educational sector continues to suffer due to the ongoing crisis

In an interview on one of the most listened program on radio, CRTV’s Cameroon calling, the head of the Presbyterian Church Rev Fonki Samuel says the church has lost millions due to falling enrollment

While he stressed the need that the church does not make profit from schools, he however said that even the schools which used to break even can no longer sustain themselves reasons why sallies of teachers were slashed and some sacked

The Man of God also blamed government for reducing subvention drastically in 2012 as one of the reasons making them to suffer today

But what the PCC quickly failed to remember that it was the stance they took during the initial days of the crisis.

The PCC like their counterparts, the Roman Catholic Church did not fail to side with the disgruntled Anglophone population, send their students and pupils under their care back home and shut down their doors, calling for the government to negotiate with the people and rightly so and what followed was a barrage of legal actions in courts by parents of students claiming damages

The church which said then was fulfilling its mission off standing with the oppressed came under fire from the government to resume schools and keep children out of politics as the crisis marched on.

But as the crisis worsens and schools gradually picking up steam, the PCC moderator who famously cried in front of his Christians after a day spend in courts is making his voice once again heard, clamoring for schools to effectively pickup even when none of their initial request made to the government during their “shutdown” has been met by the government

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Ngambuh killings: 16 world bishops pen Roman Catholic Biya

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Catholic Bishops from around the world sign an open letter to the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, asking him to begin peace negotiations with the separatist movement in that country.

According to vaticannews, the open letter was In response to an attack on the village of Ngarbuh , in the North West of the country, 16 bishops from around the world have drafted an open letter to Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon.

coordinated by the non-partisan Global Campaign for Peace and Justice in Cameroon, the clergymen urge the president, who has been in power since 1982, to join inclusive Swiss-led negotiations aimed at finding a peaceful solution to long-standing Anglophone concerns.

Civilians suffering

The open letter by the Bishops stresses that they are not taking political sides in the disagreements.
“We are motivated by our concern about the suffering of unarmed civilians, and the stability and prosperity of Cameroon,” the Bishops write.

The letter also notes that at least 2,000 people have died as a result of the conflict.

“Each of these lives is precious and we mourn their suffering and wish to prevent more loss of life and innocence.”

The Bishops also applaud previous efforts to negotiate a settlement, and note that “if all parties treat each other as they wish to be treated, a solution is possible.”

Government has denied any involvement in the killings in Ngambuh which many says is a massacre

Yaounde says only 5 persons died due to duke explosion.

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Ngarbuh “massacre”: Government gives its own version

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Rage and outrage poured by helpless Anglophone community as they took to social media to pour their frustrations to the silent international community and a soul-less government in Yaounde

Scores of persons including children and pregnant women were reportedly slaughtered in the in the heart of Ngarbuh village, Ndu division NW region and buried in what appears to be mass graves

The shocking and gruesome
Killings of toddlers and pregnant women who couldn’t have been fighters in the North West region has shattered the hearts of many Cameroonians and left the country’s authority in denial.

Government says deny the reports of mass graves, says only 5 persons were killed du lento fuel explosion in the house containing the family, but many are demanding for more answers amidst a ravaging news shattering hearts and shredding the country’s gains in arresting the situation

Thousands have been killed before during the course of the crisis according to UN agencies and children as young as four months killed at close range with bullets in Muyuka South West but very few has generated the kind of outrage and condemnation Ngarbuh has gathered

Human rights activists, politicians and Amba activists have joined millions of Cameroonians to hold the government responsible, calling for an immediate investigation to the killings which has stunned to world and likely opens the gates of ICC to those who could be responsible.

Pointing fingers and accusing Yaounde for the massacre which can change the dynamics on the ground has forced to government to condemned its accusers and deny its involvement….but they have denied similar atrocities in the North before only to open an investigation to punish the soldiers later.

Reports by Mimi Mefor which TeboPost cannot independently confirm say that UN officials were denied access to the scene of what could be potential war crimes (if its true ) in a scene committed in February 14th 2020 only adds gasoline to the raging fire and outrage in social media as the population calls for the world to act

Activists were quick to draw comparison with other countries like Rwanda, telling the world they had promised it will never happen again while insisting for intervention to resolve the four years old Anglophone crisis.

Diplomats across the world have been walking a fine line, opting to preserve their relationship with Yaounde than to engage in a historic crisis many of them still sees as a domestic issue

But if Ngarbuh killings doesn’t shocks the world what will.

Killing of children and pregnant women and burying them in mass graves is no doubt a war crime and requires probe to punish those concern reason why many are calling for an investigation to punish those concern

The world cannot afford to ignore the killings in North West region of Cameroon any more, and no matter the report Yaounde might give the international community, the files from Cameroon are dripping with the blood of innocent children and pregamat women killed in a senseless war we all could have avoided.

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Crackdown on suspected Ambazonia activists intensifies as fighting rages on in NW, SW

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Security forces have reportedly intensified crackdown on suspected activists or sympathizers to the Ambazonia independence struggle.  

As the crisis that has been rocking the North West and South West regions, which has spiraled into an armed conflict, rages on, security operatives have been indiscriminately arresting Anglophone activists and suspected activists.

This has caused many of them to flee into hiding and the whereabouts of many is not known.

Sources say the arrested activists are being tortured and detained under horrendous and inhuman conditions. Some have reportedly died in detention.

It is worth recalling that the Anglophone crisis, something that pundits say had been brewing for several years, boiled over in October 2016 when Common Law Lawyers in the North West and South West regions went on strike, paralyzing the courts. They were demanding for a return to the federal system of government, redeployment of Civil Law Magistrates back to Civil Law Courts among other grievances. Not long after, teachers in the North West and South West regions also went on strike, demanding the redress of several issues concerning the English sub-system of education.

Things got worse when concerned citizens in the North West and South West regions, who had been fed up with the unfavourable political and especially economic stagnation of Cameroon at large, but more importantly in these regions, joined the strike.

But after negotiations with the teachers and lawyers ended in deadlock, the government banned the Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, CACSC. Some of the leaders of the Consortium such as Barrister Felix Agbor Nkongho and Dr. Fontem Niba were immediately arrested while others such as Barrister Bobga Harmony and Tassang Wilfred fled into hiding.  

But as the crackdown on the activists escalates, several cases have been reported.

One of such cases is that of Yenika Jude Yongye, a young southern Cameroon activistwho is reported to have gone underground for fear of being arrested.

He is reported to have arrived Cameroon on September 11, 2019 after spending over three years in Belgium, from where he was actively involved in the struggle for the Independence of the state of former southern Cameroon now being referred to as Ambazonia.

Upon his arrival in Bamenda, his place of origin, security forces, we gathered immediately launched a manhunt to trap him down. Following a hint, Yenika Jude is said to have fled the town for safety. His exact whereabouts has since remained unknown though we gathered he might have moved to a neighboring country.

Yenika’s activism dates back to several years. In 2016 before leaving Cameroon, we gathered that he was amongst a group of young Southern Cameroon National Council, SCNC members who had organized several meetings in Bamenda to front the restoration of the statehood of Ambazonia. He has since been targeted for arrest. Yenika Jude was reportedly listed amongst other young southern Cameroon activists targeted for arrest including Njofri Belmond, Wayula George….

It would be recalled that leaders of the Anglophone separatist movements including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and nine others, who were arrested in Abuja, Nigeria in January 2018 and later extradited to Yaounde were in August 2019, handed life jail sentences.

It is worth noting that many people, both civilians and security forces, have been killed in the crisis, many more internally displaced and over 30,000 have fled to neighbouring Nigeria where they are living as refugees.

While the Anglophone crisis continues to escalate, International Organisations and other Western powers have called on the Government to address the root cause through dialogue.

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