Cameroon Kidnap: Young Women-Led CSO/NGO for Peace and Mediation Decry the Kidnapping of Children In The Anglophone Crisis

Emily Miki
Posted November 10, 2018 from Cameroon

The Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon has seen several calamities, loss of properties and lives. “Over the past two years, a political standoff between Cameroon’s Francophone dominated government and the country’s Anglophone minority – some of whom are seeking independence – has become a full-fledged human rights crisis” –Human Rights Watch. Hundreds are thought to have been killed, over a thousand homes burned, and dozens of schools attacked. An estimated 250,000 people have fled their homes.

 Students, teachers, schools, and universities in Cameroon continue to endure significant violence. On Monday the 5th of November 2018, 78 children were kidnapped from Presbyterian Secondary School Nkwen, in Bamenda, North West region of Cameroon and were later released. The school suffered a separate kidnapping incident on October 31st, 2018 in which 11 students were taken and later released. As civil society and human rights promoters, a coalition of 5 Young Women-Led CSO/NGO for Peace and Mediation Advocates in the persons of Baiye Frida, Dopgima Stella, Emilia Epeti Miki, Feka Parchibell Nadum and Ostencia Nsih Anang joined voices as representatives of their organisations to decry the kidnapping of children in the Anglophone Crisis through their platform Women Coalition for Peace and Development.

The abduction of children during conflict is one of the six grave violations identified and condemned by the UN Security Council. “No grievance or national history justifies the kidnapping, harming and torture of children”, Emilia Miki, Founder/CEO of Denis Miki Foundation and Efeti Ventures said. She also re-iterated that Cameroon is the 81st Country to Endorse the Safe Schools Declaration; a Declaration which governments pledge to not use schools for military purposes and to protect them during military operations. Cameroon is the 81st country worldwide and the 22nd African Union member to join this international political agreement to protect education during armed conflict. “Cameroon’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration signals the government’s commitment to better safeguard learning and mitigate the devastating damage caused by attacks on education and military use of schools.” The members of this coalition of Young Women-Led CSO/NGO for Peace and Mediation; a coalition of women NGO leaders called on both parties of the conflict to do their utmost to see that places of education are places of safety. And called on the development of initiatives to promote and protect the right to education and to facilitate the continuation of education in situations of armed conflict. “The continuation of education can provide life-saving health information as well as advice on specific risks and safety measures in societies facing armed conflict”, said Dopgima Stella, Founder of Centre for Youth and Family Empowerment (CEYOFE).

To Baiye Frida, Founder of Blessing Associates for Women & Children (BAWAC) these kidnappings may only be the tip of the iceberg, and without swift international action, the crisis will likely worsen. Feka Parchibell Nadum, Founder of Hope for Vulnerables & Orphans made a call to International actors – especially the African Union, the United Nations, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. That unanimously, they should condemn violence against civilians and make clear that no political objective justifies tampering with the right to education and abducting sleeping schoolchildren from their beds. Ostencia Nsih Anang, a Human Rights Activist called on all stakeholders to ensure that this horrific event doesn’t become a justification for further abuses by any of the parties to this crisis.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 10, 2018
Nov 10, 2018

Hi Emily,

Thanks for sharing your post about this recent kidnapping. I'm glad the children were returned, but it's definitely a worrying trend. I do sincerely hope that you will be able to find a way to protect the children, and gain global awareness around this issue to keep them safe and able to continuing to get education. Please keep us posted on your progress, and please stay safe, dear...

Hope you have a good/safe day!

Emily Miki
Nov 12, 2018
Nov 12, 2018

Hello Jill,
Thanks for the supportive feedback Sis. Yeah we trust God to keep us safe and pray a lasting and sustainable solution to the crisis is arrived at soonest.
Best wishes,

Emily

Jill Langhus
Nov 13, 2018
Nov 13, 2018

Hello Emily:-)

You're welcome.

I hope you're having a good day:-)

XO

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 18, 2018
Nov 18, 2018

Dear Emily,

It is because of you and and the voices of our WoldPulse sisters also living in Cameroon and getting word out, that I have learned about what has been taking place this past long while in Cameroon. Attempts to send news to our Canadian news station have so far not worked. Reading your report today has reminded me to keep trying. I am grateful for WorldPulse that we can be in contact the way. I am also very glad to read about so many working to get international recognition and voice. If we all work together to call this to the attention of news media and groups in our countries, hopefully we can have collective effect. In the meantime I think of the safety of all there daily.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Emily Miki
Dec 01, 2018
Dec 01, 2018

Dear Tam,
Thanks so much for your prayers and efforts. I do hope something works out with the Canadian news agencies. In the meantime let's keep trying and hoping something positive comes up. From our end we are storming national media and we continue to add our voices to decry the harm brought on the people.

Best wishes,

Emily Miki

Feka
Mar 02
Mar 02

We are in this together

Blessdmams❤
Apr 13
Apr 13

Indeed dear sister. In the 2 anglophone regions of our dear country Cameroon. We don't know where is safer, our homes, schools, bushes etc. So sad we have to live in it

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Hi Emily the situation is not pleasant but we have to keep on the hopeful side. It is really saddening hope the crisis comes to an end soon. May God keep you and take care of you.

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