Still I Marched Against Rape and all forms of Gender Based Violence

Emily Miki
Posted March 15, 2020 from Cameroon

Hello I was selected as one of the Ambassadors to receive this year’s small grants to host an event for the International Women’s Day (#IWD2020).

The event I had initially submitted was changed to instead mobilize Gender Activists and Women Human Rights Defenders (wrhds) to host a public March Past to join the Women’s Global Strike in Limbe, Cameroon.

I started working on this and received an invitation from the Chargée d’Affairs of the British High Commission, Mrs Sharon Ganney for the Gender Conflict Analysis Report Validation Workshop in Partnership with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) at the British Residence, #Yaounde on the 4th of March. I left my home town Limbe that morning to Yaounde having in mind that I would return to Limbe immediately after and make a trip the next day on the 5th out of Cameroon.

The event was a success and I went to church thereafter and went to Bonas to my friend’s house. I later left her place, boarded a bike for the travel agency Finex. And there after the story is one I am still grateful that I am alive. The bike having a knife attacked me, stole my hand bag with everything I had and a struggle with him that night had his way with me.

Alone in that lonely road some 3 young boys came from nowhere. One gave me his slippers to wear while they walked me to the road and one went home and got 500frs ($1) which I used to get transportation back home to my friend’s place.

On arriving and taking the path way to her house another unknown guy with a knife held me acting as to pierce me with the knife. Still I screamed and miraculously he left me and ran off as though he had been burned or something. And there I ran off to my friend’s  house. 

As I narrated what I had just survived twice after hitting hard on her door, she mentioned having dreamt the night before how someone had hit violently on her door. In the dream she opened up and there was no one outside but she had felt like something had entered her house that night. Not knowing what the dream meant she had prayed and shared with our friend in the US. This friend in the US, I should recount 15 minutes  before I left my friend’s house that night though with network challenges had struggled and insisted to get to talk to me on phone. And the conversation we had was of him having a strange and worrisome feeling about me related to travel. I on the other hand had simply recounted to him how all my trips out of the country to Italy and the US had been getting canceled because of the Coronavirus and how maybe that’s what he was referring to not knowing it was a revelation of the attacks against my life a few minutes ahead.

My friends called off work the whole day as they took mee to the hospital after some friends sent some financial support to begin with the health care and legal processes.

On the 7th of March I left Yaounde for Limbe so I could join my fellow activists to March for the rights of every woman and girl. Despite it al I still Marched against rape (now been a survivor myself) and all forms of violence against women and girls and will continue Marching.

 

#IMarchFor the respect and protection of women and girls.

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Digital Ambassadors.

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Hello, Emily,

Oh my! I am so sorry on what happened to you. How are you doing now? I am so glad you live to share this story with us. Hugs, dear sister.

We stand with you. I hope for justice for you, dear. How brave you are!

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Mar 15
Mar 15

Emily, my dear, it terrifies me to hear this horrible news about your ordeal. My main concern is immediate health care and mental care. Are you receiving this at all even though you mentioned you went to the hospital but making sure you were thoroughly checked out and maybe a follow up visit to have your blood tests to make sure you are good!
Stay strong and continue to be a role model mentor for women and girls because I work for and with women and girls for some time now and you are welcomed to contact me anytime for support.
Stay safe, protected and blessed!

Sis Queen
www.queenshebavillage.org

Valéria Barbosa
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear as deliverance. May God continue to bless you and give you the strength to continue your work. Thank you for sharing your story.
Hugs.

Dawn Arteaga
Mar 16
Mar 16

Dear Emily my heart breaks for you and I wish I could wrap you up on a hug right now. What that guy didn’t know is the power of your voice. You will not be silenced. Please know your sisters are standing beside you and lifting you up. We are with you. Be well.

Maya Iwata
Mar 16
Mar 16

Dear Emily,
Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to you. So glad to hear that you had friends who could be there for you and support you during a very difficult time. You are very brave, strong and capable. I greatly appreciate your continued work to advocate for the rights of women and girls to live in a world without violence. Like Karen, I also hope for justice for you and you are surrounded by love and support.

Jill Langhus
Mar 16
Mar 16

OMG, Emily, Love. I'm soooooo sorry this happened to you, dear. You are so strong. I can't believe how well you're taking all this. Please reach out to me if I can help you in any way, love.

XX

Emily Miki
Mar 16
Mar 16

Thank you all so much my dear sisters. It truly is heartbreaking. I am trying my best to be strong not just for myself but many others out there.

As I found the strength to write out my story last night, I also have set up this campaign. In it I also shared what happened. I am calling on friends and family who want to support Mee and other victims to send their support here. https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/support-for-victims-and-survivo...

Busayo Obisakin
Mar 16
Mar 16

Oh my God! I am so sorry my Sister. How are you doing now? Have you gone to the hospital and get treated? Please do that on time. Sending you hugs, Love and Prayers. That man will no more have rest until he gives himself up to police.
Stay Strong and safe my Sister, It is well with you!
Love
Busayo

Chidimma
Mar 16
Mar 16

Thanks for sharing. What doesn't kill makes you stronger. So sorry for passing through all this. Thank God yiur alive to tell us this stories. We won't stop no matter what.

Keturah Shammah
Mar 16
Mar 16

Dear Emily,
You have really proved that you are a strong woman coming out out of this heart breaking incident not just strong but stronger. You are Victor and not a Victim.

Urmila Chanam
Mar 17
Mar 17

Dearest sister Emily,
You are such a warrior queen for all of us women around the world because of your courage, stance against violence against women and others and for your resilience. Those evil goons need to be brought to the attention of the police so they do not kill anyone. I hope you will consider filing for a report with the police. I also pray for your safety and healing, my sister. What a horrifying episode, its bone chilling. Please see a physician and seek medical advice for preventive care. I also will be praying for you for your healing. I am extremely proud of you sister, the road you have chosen is not easy its the toughest. God is watching, may these evil men be punished.

Sending you healing from India,
Urmila Chanam

Anita Shrestha
Mar 18
Mar 18

thank you for sharing, be patience

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 20
Mar 20

Dear Emily,
My heart aches learning what you have just been through, and I am grateful to World Pulse that you are able to let us all know, and that we can send our love back to you. Thank goodness for those brave and compassionate enough to help you. Your own strength and determination to not let this stop you from being in the streets is astounding. You dear sister are an inspiration for what is possible. I hope that you feel surrounded by love, and that your healing will be fast and complete. May we all be strengthened by your story at how strong a sister can be.
With love in sisterhood,
Tam

Elizabeth Brewah
Apr 21
Apr 21

Happy to connect with you sister. I am a victim of rape too.

Love you