Horror in my land

Feka
Posted November 9, 2020 from Cameroon
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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!

This story was submitted in response to Peace for Cameroon.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 09, 2020
Nov 09, 2020

Oh, dear, Feka. Please do be careful. I'm worried about you. I don't think an eye for an eye is going to work, i.e., if something happened to you I don't think it would ensure the safety of the children, unfortunately. Please do seriously consider finding an opportunity to leave. Please let me know if I can help. You will be able to do more alive, than not. XX

Feka
Nov 12, 2020
Nov 12, 2020

My dear Jill,

Thank you very much for the love and support. I am under serious threats but I am trying to be as careful as possible. I really can't wait for any opportunity to leave because this battle is for the living.

Jill Langhus
Nov 13, 2020
Nov 13, 2020

Hello Dear,

You're very welcome. I do hope that you get the necessary support you need soon. XX

Caroline Bokwe
Nov 09, 2020
Nov 09, 2020

My dear FEKA, I cry as I read through this piece, but there are no tears flowing because my tears are dry; dry from excessive cry, dry from shock, dry from fear for our women and children, dry dry dry. But, like you rightly stated, we can no longer fold our arms, so, "It is now or never!",

Thank you for sharing our story.

Feka
Nov 12, 2020
Nov 12, 2020

Darling sister, we have to be strong. They have instilled fear in us that we fear even our own shadows. We have taken over and must be heard. Thank you

Nini Mappo
Nov 10, 2020
Nov 10, 2020

Hello Feka,
May God give you fortitude and wisdom, together with all the women in Cameroon as you fight for peace and try to be safe at the same time.

Feka
Nov 12, 2020
Nov 12, 2020

Thank you very much, my darling Nini

Paulina Nayra
Nov 10, 2020
Nov 10, 2020

Dear Feka,
"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." Such powerful words Feka. We believe in your power. We believe in your ability to transform the culture of hate into a culture of compassion. We will get there.
I pray for your safety as you continue to fight this injustice. We pray for #Peace for Cameroon.

Huggs.

Feka
Nov 12, 2020
Nov 12, 2020

Thank you very much, dear Paulina

ARREY- ECHI
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 19, 2020

My dear Sis Feka,
I hope you are doing as well today as possible.
Reading this brought tears. All I can say is COURAGE Sister.
It is not an easy path to walk, but you have proven again and again that you just cannot sit quiet and watch this senseless, wanton destruction of lives and all that is valuable be destroyed.
May you be safe as you carry on your fight. Your voice and life are precious to us.
Sending hugs and love.

Feka
Nov 24, 2020
Nov 24, 2020

My darling Arrey,
I am doing good for now and preparing my last demonstration in Yaounde. I trust God for a successful outcome as it's going to be the longest in the modern day Cameroon History for activism.
Thank you for the love and encouragement. I love and miss you

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 20, 2020
Nov 20, 2020

Hello, Feka,

I can see the rage coming out from you in these photos. I stand with you. Enough is enough indeed. I hope you are safe. This fight will be futile if they take you away.

Feka
Nov 24, 2020
Nov 24, 2020

Thank you very much, my darling Karen. I am doing my best to be safe and also planning for my last manifestation. My country is very sick.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Hugs to you, dear sister. You are so brave!