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
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
The management of Hysacam has launched a cleaning campaign dubbed “Operation Keep Bamenda Clean”, calling on inhabitants of the city to accompany them in securing its cleanliness. For months now, the people of Bamenda have been struggling to deal with huge piles of dirt abandoned in markets, major junctions and streets. Streams have gradually become dumping sites. In markets, you can find customers and sellers fighting with flies and other rodents for ownership of food items. Buying or selling food items beside these heaps of dirt is increasingly becoming a normal phenomenon in Bamenda. Those who suffer the most are … Continue reading Bamenda Breathes New air as Hysacam resumes field work
Almost four years after the Anglophone crisis started in the NW/SW regions of Cameroon, the population is still anxious and on edge as they go about their daily lives. Community development now sounds like a dream as social facilities have been destroyed, agricultural activities disrupted and the health sector drained. Aim at promoting peace and community development, Cameroon Community Media Network (CCMN) provides a safe space for journalists to create platforms with special focus on the effects of the crisis on communities, so actors involved in the crisis can seek long lasting solutions. To achieve this, CCMN under the “peace … Continue reading CCMN: NW Journalists set to promote Sustainable development
Over 30 youths have been drilled on the importance of peace in the society and the role they can play in advocating for peace and conflict resolution. This was during a workshop that took place at the Bamenda Regional hospital multipurpose hall, organized by Pedmia Shatu Tita, a journalist and peace advocate on Friday August 9 2019 under the theme “youths facilitating the peace process in Cameroon”. The training session which lasted about 6 hours focused on youths’ participation in peace building especially in Cameroon and conflict transformation. According to Rosaline Obah, a facilitator and peace advocate, conflict transformation means transforming … Continue reading Anglophone Crisis: Youths as “ambassadors of peace”.