SNWOT WOMEN LAMENTATION

Feka
Posted September 5, 2018 from Cameroon

It was on the 29th of August 2018, that Civil Society Organisations led by women from the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon came together at Bongo Square in Buea to wail and lament for peace to return to these part of Cameroon that has been experiencing war.

In November 2016, lawyers and teachers of the 2 English speaking regions went on strike because they felt marginalized and their identity stolen from them and replaced with the French supremacy in both sectors. The strike action was under looked at by the government and many Cameroonians. Violence came in and things escalated to the war that has been going on for 2 years now.

Children have been killed, shot at by the state armed group and the Non-State Armed group. The state armed group has done more shooting and killings. Our schools have been shut down for 2 years now. Our houses, villages, properties have been burnt and the only safe space left are the bushes. Our daughters have been raped and forced into prostitution as a means of survival. 

Life in the bushes is a nightmare. Women give birth to babies unattended to. Snakes, scorpions and other dangerous insects stink people to death. They fall sick and without medical attention, they die. Women use the moss plants, leaves, rags to protect themselves during menstruation. Working in these bushes during this war is one huge challenge as I cry my eyes out each time I return from there. No proper toilets, no clean water, no proper waste management, no beds etc.

Women and other Cameroonians took to social media to cry foul. Meetings upon meetings were called to draw government's  attention to what was going on but nothing was done to calm down the situation. Children who saw their parents, siblings shot at and murdered decided to join the Non-State Armed group and are bent to fight till their own deaths. Some have even said they are no longer Cameroonians and they shall fight to have their country  ( the 2 English speaking regions), Ambazonian.

The number of people who want to divide from the republic of Cameroon keeps rising and they all want Ambazonia. They call their fighting group, Amba boys. The sad thing is bad boys have decided to create another group, it is neither the state nor Amba boys and they go around to extort money from people. If you don't have money, you are kidnapped and killed.

The pain and atrocities were huge. CSOs led by women from the South West and North West Regions decided to create a task force known as SNWOT, to cause both parties to stop the violence and resort to peace. SNWOT want peace to return to Cameroon and a meaningful dialogue to end the war to take place.

On the 29th of August, the 1st Lamentation took place in the South West Region and that of Bamenda in the North West Region is coming up soon and we shall continue with this Lamentation until both parties listen and stop the atrocities going on in these regions. 

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Jill Langhus
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hi Feka,

Thanks for sharing this post. I have a clearer picture now of what's going on in the so-sad, seemingly never-ending situation in your country. Do you feel that the first demonstration made a difference? Did the government take any notice? Has anything changed for the better? What do you think can be done to help? I feel so helpless when I hear about these types of events and situations. Do let me know if you have an idea or a way that we can help, collectively to bring peace back to your beautiful country and people.

Feka
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

Dear Jill, my government hasn't done anything as of now. Things are getter worst. We fear a real war from the 16th of this month and many people are fleeing the 2 English speaking regions.

I think online campaigns could be launched from many parts of the world to cause the government to call for a cease fire.
Thank you very much for your love and encouragement

Jill Langhus
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

Hi Feka,

Oh:( That's not good! Do you have a safe place for your family to go?

Do you mean a petition to call for a cease fire?

You're very welcome. Do take care, and please keep us posted on what is going on.

Feka
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

I am very confused right now, as to where is really safe. We will try to be careful and stay safe.
Thank you very much

Jill Langhus
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

Oh:-( Do you have any relatives in the French regions?

My prayers are with you and your family.

Take care..., and, you're welcome dear.

Hannah B
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hi Feka,

Thank you for sharing this powerful story! It is so important that we hear the voices of people from within Cameroon who are witnessing and experiencing the violence and discrimination. I hope that you find support and community on World Pulse!

Warmly,
Hannah

Feka
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

Thank you Hannah

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

Dear Feka,

I have been thinking of you all in Cameroon and am glad to know the news but so sorry for the horrendous situation people are in. Powerful and heartrending photos of women gathering in action.There is no coverage on news stations here and I hope to bring it to the attention of radio and TV broadcasters here in Canada hoping they will make this known and hopefully create some global support.

Much love,
Tam

Feka
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

Thank you very much, dear Tam.

We would be grateful to one day wake up to a ceasefire call

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Feka,
It is really very sad about what is happening and we pray that all comes to calm. Please keep us updated on the state of things and how we can be of help.
Stay blessed and we are keeping you all in our prayers.

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 05
Mar 05

Dear Sis Feka,
History will remember. It is sad that since this lamentation, things have only gone worse and the powers that be continue to watch in silence.
Hugs to you.