Cameroon: Weakened by armed conflict, inhabitants of NW and SW brace for COVID-19

Devastated by the armed conflict in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, some inhabitants wonder if they are ready to bare another crisis. For close to four years, continuous gunshots, killings, kidnapping, economic stagnation and violation of human rights have been the order of the day. Many residents have abandoned their homes in search of security while others have lost their jobs or shut down their business sites. The coming of the new coronavirus and its anti-measures is described by many citizens as nature’s way of adding “more fuel to fire”. Ndifor Louisa Lum, a banker in … Continue reading Cameroon: Weakened by armed conflict, inhabitants of NW and SW brace for COVID-19

GBV: The need for more emergency safe houses in NW/SW Regions

In times of crisis, setting up safe and confidential systems so that survivors of GBV can stay, be it with family or in other undisclosed locations is an emergency response overlooked in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon despite the increase in GBV cases due to the Anglophone crisis.  According to a study carried out by International Rescue Committee, more than 85% of respondents said women and girls experience rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence, denial of resources/opportunities, psychological abuse, physical violence, and early marriage. More than 70% have expressed an increase in security concerns affecting women and … Continue reading GBV: The need for more emergency safe houses in NW/SW Regions

Invisible Girls and Monday Babies: The untold consequences of Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

The ongoing crisis has not only bore hardship on the people of the NW and SW regions but has increased the sexual activity of  young girls and boys, thereby exposing them to teenage pregnancies. Since the crisis started in 2016, schools and other activities that kept youths occupied have been suspended. Most youths have moved into the bushes, either as “freedom fighters” or IDPs, thereby becoming invisible. This set of youths have little or no access to contraceptives, leaving the girls vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, STDs and other related diseases. Some teenage pregnancies are the end product of rape. From … Continue reading Invisible Girls and Monday Babies: The untold consequences of Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

RUWCED Lobby for Sex Education as a subject in Schools

Sexuality, gender, pregnancy, STDs, relationship and sex all need to be discussed in schools as a means of reducing unexpected pregnancies and unsafe abortion among young girls and women in Cameroon. It is at this background that the Rural Women Center for Education and Development (RUWCED), a Non-Governmental organization in the NW region, recommends that sex education should be a whole school approach and address in school cultures, policies and procedures. To strengthen their case, RUWCED has trained stakeholders in the health sector on the importance of sex education in schools, full extend of abortion services provided by the national … Continue reading RUWCED Lobby for Sex Education as a subject in Schools

Anglophone crisis: Mount Mary Hospital overflowing with teenage pregnancies

Health experts warn that the two English speaking regions may loss what is left of the youth population to teenage pregnancies, STDs, HIV and other related diseases if nothing is done to end the violence. The over four years armed conflict and no school, has amplified the sexual activities of these youths. From June – August 2019, 67 Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors have been to the hospital with some pregnant. Coupled with others affected by the crisis, it is becoming problematic for the few existing health facilities to meet the reproductive health needs of the population. Mah Cecilia Kongla … Continue reading Anglophone crisis: Mount Mary Hospital overflowing with teenage pregnancies