CAMEROONS: Norwegian Refugee Council Weighs in on Crisis

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“We need to scale up the humanitarian response, and there is a need for independent reporting from the international media. But most of all, we urgently need stronger international diplomatic engagement to help solve the conflict. This could start with the parties sitting down to agree on how schools can reopen, so that a generation of children will no longer be deprived of education,” Egeland said.

NRC is reaching out to conflict parties to better protect civilians and allow humanitarian organisations full and safe access to people in need.

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German FDP Speakers on Cameroon’s Crisis

The case of Cameroon mentioned yesterday on the floor of the Bundestag (German parliament) by Dr. Christoph Hoffmann of the FDP party. Hon. C. Hoffmann’s address has been transcribed and loosely translated by Google. Bear the inaccuracies, please. *****************

Ladies and gentlemen, it has been two years since a crisis in the English-speaking part of Cameroon, a crisis that has turned into an almost civil war. This war arose from the ignorance or unwillingness of the Cameroonian government to respond to a need for regionalism or federalism. Children are killed, old men burned in their homes and many refugees We are moving towards a real humanitarian catastrophe Notwithstanding the many multilateral cooperations, of which Germany is a major participant, this country has not found its stability Why such a belated reaction from the German administration, where has the multilateral pressure gone to prevent or reduce this genocide in preparation? This is a bloody conflict, and the solution lies only in regionalization or federalism. Germany with its experience could help in such a situation. Last Sunday, elections were held in Cameroon and Cameroonians went to the polls to elect their next leader. Unfortunately it will be necessary to wait another 14 days for the counting of the votes. And finally to declare elected the old president of 85, who spends several months abroad occupying a whole floor of a five-star hotel. Out of 25 million Cameroonians, only 6.5 million were registered on the electoral list and in the English-speaking part, the vote simply did not take place. Laws and such an unfair election can not be acceptable. The international community must absolutely foresee a transitional phase after these elections which would certainly facilitate a national reconciliation and the resignation of a president. Ladies and gentlemen, Mrs Merkel, it is time to take up your responsibilities and manage this crisis before it is too late, and in addition it is in the interest of Germany, because it will not be necessary afterwards to use our expenses for emergency humanitarian aid in this country.

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Cameroon’s citizens are losing hope that their country can remain united – Washington Post

After years of skirmishing, the English-speaking minority scarcely trusts the government.
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“The results reveal that Cameroon’s national unity is fragmenting

These growing divides between Anglophone and Francophone Cameroonians suggest that beyond the headlines, some citizens may be starting to abandon a belief in the country’s unity. Despite Cameroon’s long history of individual English and French speakers living peacefully as friends and compatriots, these tears in the national fabric will take both time and skilled and inclusive political leadership to mend.

Mircea Lazar (@mircealazar1) is a research assistant for Afrobarometer (@afrobarometer) and a PhD student in political science at Michigan State University.”

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