Neglected Cameroon edging to full-blown war

Cameroonians from Anglophone and Francophone unite against elements dividing the country

Cameroonians from Anglophone crying for global intervention

from ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) CAMEROON has been rated as the world’s most neglected displacement crises after conflict uprooted some 500 000 people in English-speaking regions.

The crisis is most prevalent in the South-West and North-West zones where thousands of villages have been set ablaze and hospitals attacked during clashes between the military and militants demanding independence.

Over 780 000 children have no access to education after schools closed. Thousands of people are currently hiding in the bushes, with no access to humanitarian relief.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said the Central African country thus topped the list of the most neglected crises.

The annual list of neglected displacement crises is based on lack of funding, lack of media attention and political neglect. Cameroon is ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR).

“The international community is asleep at the wheel when it comes to the crisis in Cameroon. Brutal killings, burned-down villages and massive displacement have been met with deafening silence,” said NCR Secretary-General, Jan Egeland.

Egeland said there were no major mediation efforts, insufficient relief programmes and minimal media interest.

“This culture of paralysis by the international community has to end. Everyday the conflict is allowed to continue, bitterness is building and the region edges closer towards full-blown war,” Egeland warned.

English speakers allege marginalization by the government dominated by French speakers.

Cameroon topped the agenda of the briefing by the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa at the Security Council this week.

– CAJ News

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