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Coronavirus risk burying Anglophone crisis as one of its victims: this is why?

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The entire world is facing a health crisis like many have never seen. The outbreak of the COVID-19 deadly virus in China months back is causing a scare across the world, even among the most powerful and rich nations as they scramble to contain the spread, implementing measures restricting core values many of them consider so dear to their existence

Coronavirus has humbled the rich and powerful as much as the poor and weak alike, forcing the ‘privileged ‘nations of the world to humble their egos and it has reminded mankind that we are all human from one race and irrespective of our fortunes the world is a global village

This is not a crisis which can be won by the world strongest military or biggest economy, France, Germany, Span, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and many other “big nations” of the world are in shutdown as the virus has rubbished their advance health care system and makes mockery of previously instituted measures to fight global pandemics of this kind

Economic experts are predicting a looming economic crisis as the world economy temporarily freezes, policymakers now  scramble to contain arguably the biggest health challenge in recent memories

Thousands have died, and many more continue to die every day as the world goes into research,   America looks up to heaven and  declares a day of prayer while china resort to traditional medicine to combat and fight a virus which is threatening humanity

Cameroon has announced its 10th case this far and two of the early ones have been treated and are under medical surveillance at the Yaounde General hospital and that’s good news for the country.

Cameroonians walk pass the Yaounde General hospital housing some coronavirus victims

Like the rest of the world, the measures taken by government this far to fight the virus-whether they are satisfactory or not remains debatable.

But with over 188 000 infected people’s worldwide, 7499 deaths and 80,848 recovered according to worldometer-an online website which gives real-time tracking of data, there is hope for humanity.

However, amidst the spread of the virus, the four years old Anglophone crisis has been pushed at the background at least for now-and rightfully so.

While fighting still continues in some areas, punctuated by political battles in Yaoundé as parliament takes shape with Cavaye facing his most crucial challenge yet in his 28 years reign as speaker, the crisis has largely been ‘forgotten’ as the world concentrates to fight an enemy bigger than any struggle

Constant reminders through special media by activists about killings due to fighting  which they say are more alarming than the virus have been drowned in the sea of information related to infection rates, the number of survivors, and healthy tips to combat a virus the world sees as an imminent threat to the very way we live our lives and that’s for those who will survive it.

British PM Boris Johnson had warned his countrymen they should be prepared to lose loves ones  before their time in the wake of the virus and Cameroon is no Ireland.

Ambazonian leaders, fighters and activists are now worried the global pandemic might worsen their case, weaken their information firepower (crucial to their survival) and makes the world lose focus going forward as they pay more attention to the virus and its consequences on the economy and way of life

With every nation now focusing  on securing its own and ensuring its peoples survive this challenge, many more will even be more focused on rebuilding their economies which experts say will plummet when the virus is finally contained than meddling into a separatists agenda which many believe is not yet an international crisis.

Many sympathizers of the struggle now fear the coronavirus which has forced Amazonian propaganda and diplomatic warfare to an early ‘leave’ from the global information space can actually bury the hopes for Amazonian independence as one of its victims-at least in the short run.

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Editorial: President Biya is working ubiquitously, if you want to hear from him, rendezvous May 20th

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There have been wide ranging debate lately over the well-being of the President of the republic and the country’s commander in Chief amidst the escalating health situation caused by the coronavirus

Many have been questioning the silence of their leader with remorse even dare to say he must have died

That President Biya is killed on social media is nothing new in the country but what is particularly unique about this situation is the fact that the Unity palace occupant is silent amidst a ravaging global pandemic which has kept almost every world leader busy

Opposition leader Maurice Kamto recently called on the President to take his full responsibilities as a leader and tackle the virus heads on, warning he will assume the office of the President should the 87 years old chided to remain behind the scene

The 7 days ultimatum from the opposition leader further fueled the debate on the whereabouts of their President amidst a health challenge which is fast becoming a national emergency

But his supporters aren’t buying, many say the President is already tackling the crisis through his government and must not necessarily be seen on TV talking about it.

A leading French newspaper in one of its recent editions wonders what the population wants the president to say.

Nothing new?

President Biya thrives in uncertainty and has proven time and time again that he has a very thick skin and resistant to public pressure nomatter the time and moments

He is also known to be awkwardly physically absent in major moments of crisis, opting to execute through his government ministers and other other representatives while operating from behind the scenes.

Examples are abound of the President significantly absent From the national stage each time the nation comes calling, only appearing on scheduled traditional media outings to talk to the Cameroonians people.

During the deadly Eseka train disasters on October 30th 2016 which killed hundreds of Cameroonians, many criticized the President for his total absence from the national stage, arguing he should have atleast address the nation or visit the disaster site.

But while government speedily rollout measures including compensation package to victims, the President waited for many months, only to address the issue at his traditional new year message in December, invoking old wounds and questioning his proximity to the people

The President has rarely addressed the nation out of his traditional pre-scheduled state addresses when it comes to the Anglophone crisis despite to numeours deaths and interntional pressure each time people are killed.

But as fresh remorse continuous to spread about his state of health, observers of this country’ politics are aware that nomatter how bad the coronavirus situation might be, President Biya will only address it during his traditional May 20th speech and that’s as good as we can get.

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After Nigeria, Cameroon big boys begin to speak, Baba Danpulo splashes 100 million francs to fight coronavirus

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After Nigerian rainmakers splash billions to help their government fight coronavirus, Cameroonian
Billionaire and richest person in Central Africa according to Forbes, Baba Danpullo has donated 100 million FCFA to the state of Cameroon as support towards the fight against COVID – 19

His donation comes barely hours after government created a 1 billion solidarity fund to help fight the virus

Critics have said the money however won’t be enough given the rise of the virus, saying the government would rather spend 4 billions on wine at the Presidency and spend meager amount to keep Cameroonians safe.

Danpulo’s (Central African riches man according to Forbes) contributions comes a day after the lone English daily newspaper in the country the Guardian Post had taken the country’s billionaires to task, asking what are they doing to help government fight the virus.

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As coronavirus takes the nation’s attention, Ikiliwindi has been bleeding for days

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Amidst coronavirus scare, Bloody gun battle between military and non-state armed fighters along Ikiliwindi-Konye highway leaves population hopeless

Sources in Ikiliwndi Mile 12 say it’s been the bloodiest week for the village and its environs ever since the Anglophone crisis started

Reports of military indiscriminately shooting at civilian population after two of their men were killed by non state armed fighters means many have been seriously killed, many more injured  while  the remaining population forced to take refuge in nearby bushes and forests

One resident told TeboPost on Sunday March 29th 2020 “ they came and started shooting at random, bikers were flying all over. A five year old was shot infront of me and they scattered the legs of another man” she told TeboPost

Locals in the area say intense fighting has been ongoing for the past one week now, leaving many to wonder the fate of the population amidst the coronavirus scare.

A charity worker working with Kumba based catholic NGO says “I don’t understand what is happening again, many of our workers have been trapped as fighting has been going in for days now”

he added that “it’s like those boys are taking these government measures differently”

Amidst the spread of the coronavirus, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres had called for ceasefire in all hostspots across the world, but fighting in Anglophone regions have intensified ever since as many more continue to die from bullets than a deadly virus troubling world peace.

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