Voice of the oppressed/the cry of a peasant Cameroonian family
1. 1 out of 3 southern Cameroonians living in West Cameroon have spent at least one week in the bush.
2. 1 out of 20 southern Cameroon girl have been rape during this crisis
3. 1 out of 10 southern Cameroonian girl is pregnant be it through rape or idleness.
4. 1 out of 10 southern Cameroonian is hopeless
5. 1 out of 5 southern Cameroon have lost a close friend or family members during this crisis
6. 1 out of 5 southern Cameroon youths are into drugs with this two years
7. 1 out of 5 southern Cameroon have lost their source of income
8. 1 out of 10 southern Cameroonian young men are either in an arm group or planning to join one.
9. 1 out of 5 schools have been burned to ashes
10. 1 out of 10 southern Cameroonian are living in the forest.
Attempts had been made to resolve the crises, albeit with sheer threats, intimidation, calumniation, brutalization, kidnapping of Anglophone leaders and their detention in concentration camps in Yaounde. As government radicalized, the perceived oppressed became steadfast in their resolve to gain freedom by all means. School goers became the unwitting victims of the self-destruct fight among Cameroonians and their parents.
Education is very important in the development of human minds and capital. But education for the sake of just going to school has been counterproductive to Southern Cameroonians. Anglophones leave school at the highest level and are relegated to doing menial jobs while their less endowed Francophone counterparts are admitted to professional schools and given the best jobs in Cameroon. The percentage of unemployment among university graduates in Cameroon is highest in the Anglophone community than the Francophone or those close to the ruling junta.
The Anglophone wants his freedom to be what and where he wants. Beyond political freedom, the sense of being somebody other than the enemy in the house, Biafran, Anglofou and other invectives heaped on this Cameroonian minority must be addressed expediently.
It may be said reconciliation is best time to kill your enemy. And the records of extrajudicial killings in Cameroon and make-believe accidents confirm that all those who have returned to the Yaounde regime in hopes of reconciliation have been disappeared.
So how do we begin the volte-face? How do we return to school in September 2018 without any of the demands and grievances of our slain, raped, kidnapped and exiled brothers, sisters, parents being granted?
Rather I would propose some form of education for our children, designed to instill love, peace and joy that come with FREEDOM.
MUH PLAVIOUS KIENYUI