Daniel Halliday
Mar 23 · Last update 6 mo. ago.

What is behind the increasing violence in Cameroon?

There are widespread reports and video footage of Genocide being perpetrated in the Anglophonic region of Southern Cameroon. Indiscriminate killing, the burning of villages, rape and humiliation of the English speaking minority seem to have become common place in the country as crimes against humanity replace any semblance of human rights. What is behind the situation of escalating violence in Cameroon?
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Increasingly violent terrorist presence in the country

The Boko Haram presence in Cameroon is further complicating this already complex conflict in the country involving the government fighting the Ambazonian independence movement, considering them as a terrorist organisation also. Boko Haram insurgents have been crossing the border from Nigeria and involved in terrorist actions in Cameroon since at least 2011, taking advantage of cross-border smuggling networks, unrest in Cameroon and also a tense history between neighbouring states to establish a foothold in the country. Countries including Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin have attempted to put aside various past adversarial relations in order to form the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in order to tackle Boko Haram internationally. But as Cameroon struggles to cooperatively deal with Islamic insurgents they are also dealing with an “Amba” terrorist presence whose actions are becoming increasingly violent, reports going as far as cannibalism.

crisisgroup.org/africa/central-africa/cameroon/cameroon-confronting-boko-haram cameroonnewsagency.com/ambazonia-terrorists-are-worse-than-boko-haram-they-now-eat-human-flesh-atanga-nji

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Genocide to quash a call for independence – Ambazonia

While there are clear linguistic divides in Cameroon that are stoking tensions, the action of the declaration of independence by Ambazonia, the North-West region of Cameroon and the Anglophonic former British colony of Southern Cameroons, is the direct source of unrest in the country. This led to a series of protest movements that descended into violence and is widely known as the Anglophonic crisis, but this genocide to silence independence in the region is not simple a language or cultural divide. There is also the massive economic issue that “60% of the GDP of Cameroon is earned in Ambazonia. Oil and wood are exploited by foreign companies, but the profits go to [the Cameroonian government in] Yaoundé” [1], making controlling this breakaway movement extremely economically significant, and an issue the government are tragically addressing with genocide.

[1] theguardian.com/global-development/2018/may/30/cameroon-killings-escalate-anglophone-crisis

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Linguistic discrimination

The genocide in Sothern Cameroons is part of a government crackdown on activists from Cameroon’s Anglophonic regions. Activists had begun to complain, strike and demonstrate over government policies that discriminated against English speakers in the education and legal systems of this officially bilingual country. In response the government ordered a violent crackdown, arrested community leaders, blocked the internet and installed a curfew, a full military crackdown broke out as these measures failed, and this has led the army to commit village wide revenge burnings and executions. Around 20,000 Cameroonians have currently fled to Nigeria.

theguardian.com/global-development/2018/may/30/cameroon-killings-escalate-anglophone-crisis

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Completely corrupt international oligarchy

The situation in the Anglophonic region of Cameroon, formerly under British colonisation and know as South Cameroons until 1961, has escalated into one of such abhorrent violence due to the direct orders of Paul Biya’s government. In power since 1982, Biya has retained his presidency amidst a series of widely criticised elections, extensive imprisoning of opposition and journalists and, following widespread protests, has now sanctioned violent oppression by Cameroon's French speaking military which has recently descended into genocide. Despite this Biya remains on good terms with many American politicians and former colonial power France. The fact that America and France remain silent on this issue, despite the latter wanting to intervene in Venezuela, highlights the massive international corruptive forces that help maintain such a situation in Cameroon. theguardian.com/global-development/audio/2018/may/09/cameroon-president-biya-35-years-podcast-small-changes-akere-muna cameroonconcordnews.com/crimes-against-humanity-and-genocide-in-southern-cameroons-mechanisms-for-redress

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