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“The people are devastated by their sense of hopelessness.
They are afraid, insecure, wishing that this was a nightmare from which they might awake.
They are sad, poor, hungry and homeless.
posted April 201t 2019
Despite this some prefer to be in this strange land, away from the gunshots, harassment and indiscriminate killing they experienced in at home in Cameroon.”
Sisters Martina and Dorothy reporting on their meeting with the displaced people who fled from Cameroon across the border into Nigeria for safety.
“We travelled from Cameroon through Ikom, across the border, and after many hours’ drive arrived at the village near Abong in Taraba State. In this village are 1000 refugees not camped. The local chief asked the people to accommodate them as far as they could, but the question is, for how long? Some of the refugees earn a little by working for local farmers; others have nothing. Some decided to cross the river and return home to try and do a bit of farming there despite the danger, but they do not even have the money for the canoe fare. We talked to the people about trauma-healing, reconciliation, but the main problem here and now is hunger.
Socio/Political unrest in North-West and North-East Cameroon began three years ago, coming from felt marginalisation of the Anglophone regions by the Francophone Government. The first to protest were the Common Law lawyers who demanded the translation of the Common Law into English so that people could get judgements in a language they understood. Then the teachers demanded that the English system of education, which they were used to, be maintained, and that French speakers should not teach English in secondary schools. Next, taxi drivers and motor-bike riders complained they were not getting fair treatment from law-enforcement officials.
Then the Restorationists requested that the independence South Cameroon gained prior to the unification of the French and English-speaking regions be restored, and this group declared the Republic of Ambazonia as a separate country. The clashes between the Ambazonian militants and the Government forces have led to thousands of deaths. Homes and property have been destroyed and thousands have fled to different parts of the country or to neighbouring Nigeria, where the Government has accepted them and the United Nations are setting up camps.
Sisters Martina and Dorothy, Holy Rosary Sisters working in Cameroon, have travelled to Abong near to the Cammeroon/Nigeria border to see the plight of the people. They plan to return after Easter when they have made preparations to help the people.
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