Peace isn't the absence of war. Cameroon had appeared to be peaceful for many years, making the world to believe that it was one of the most peaceful countries in the world whereas, its seeming peace was just waiting for that time to explode.
2016 was that moment for the world and Cameroonians to tell themselves the truth about themselves. Cameroon has had an identity problem. The English Speaking Cameroonians, historically known as Southern Cameroonians, have been, after 1961, trying to be to get their autonomy respected but the poor government and governance would not let that happen. When the Anglophone Crisis started, we all jubilated and said "the time was now". Unfortunately, things did not go as expected. How it turned against us, English speaking Cameroonians, I can't explain.
From the State Armed Group killing innocent civilians to the Non-State Armed Group killing us. From 2017 till now, we have had all sorts of atrocities with 2 massacres and the worst of it all happening on the 24th of October in Kumba. School children were shot at very close range in their classrooms. Their was that they want to study. The Non-State Armed Group or separatists have held our education hostage for 5 academic years today. Shooting these kids was the apex of it all.
After murdering women and desecrating womanhood, they didn't have to do this to our children. I saw the flames in me spark and I decided to face the bull by its horns. I have never been vocal like I am now. I get threats on a daily basis but I think that I am ready to die if that will save my children. There's no way we can be fighting for a cause and it turns against us and I keep quiet. I have joined women in the English Speaking Regions to demonstrate, condemning those atrocities and calling on both parties to put an end to the madness that they began in the name of war. I use my social media platforms as well as some television programs to call both parties to put an end to it. I am not stopping until other women and I are able to resolve this crisis. Women have taken over and must produce results. Our children can't be denied the rights to life and education while we fold our arms and watch.
It is now or never!