Open letter to women of the English Speaking Regions of Cameroon

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Posted September 23, 2019 from Cameroon

Dear sisters

This period when the world celebrates peace with focus on climate change as well as action, we women of the English speaking regions go further to look at it in relation to armed conflict, refugee or internally displaced life. I salute your endurance for more than 36 months dear sisters with no one listening to you, what you want and how you want it.

Peace seems like an illusion or a commodity reserved for some and not for any woman. This is so pathetic because the armed conflict has been so gender biased and so many of the battles fought on our bodies as women. I acknowledge that women are being silenced either with sexual abuse, trauma (physical and emotional) or effects of caregiving on victims of the conflict

This day I come with a reassurance that together as women we can raise above this situation. We cannot command the guns but we can change the course of things by using a couple of nonviolent approaches. Many of us have been using some to call for peace but our efforts seem slow. Please sisters let’s not undermine our contributions in the peace building process. We have the moral obligation to bring peace to our people for if we educate the people on compassion and love for humanity in leadership, we will have a just society where sustainable peace will be guaranteed.

It is my hope that as women of the English speaking regions of Cameroon in particular and women around the world in general, we should raise above fear, pain and suffering and seize existing spaces or create enabling spaces to contribute in solving the current crisis as well as championing the reconstruction process that will obviously follow. If you are truly not comfortable with the crisis in Cameroon, speak now and act collectively to change the situation.

In sisterhood

Sally Mboumien

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Chi Yvonne Leina
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

My power house sis,you have spoken well wise one!This is a veritable call to action!It's time for us to take our place as custodians of tradition and sound the clarion for peace .The curtains are pulled and the stage is set.All eyes and ears are on us. I join my voice with yours sister. Let's end hatred and violence in our communities.LET LOVE LEAD!

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

Sally, Your strong and wise voice is a call for all of us worldwide to do what we can to create international pressure through our media sources, our Governments who do business with your country, our citizens who believe in peace for all, to raise our voices together in support of our sisters and all in Cameroon who have been and are living through this terrible war.

Wusufor
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

Dear Sally,
Thanks for this wonderful letter to your fellow women. 36 months is too long a conflict. I now understand why. I never knew Cameron conflict is already 3 yrs.

So are you seeing improvement or is still the same? My heartfelt prayers are with you.

Take care of yourselves.
Kind regards

Jill Langhus
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

Hello Dear Sally,

I do so admire your passion and tenacity.

Please let us know what we can do to help. I was help create safe spaces for women, girls and everyone in the Anglophone regions.

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Tarke Edith
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

Hello sister sally
Thank you very much for bringing our prrsent situation to our platform.dear you have rightly said that we can not fight with the guns but we can act collectively to solve this problem.yes dear we will and pray fevently to God to seat on that table also. Thanks again sis .
Edith from Mbengwi road Bamenda.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

Dear Sally
Great for speaking about women. Keep continue.

Regards
Anita,..........

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 24, 2019
Sep 24, 2019

Hello, dear sister Sally,

This is one great call for action to all Cameroonian sisters. This is empowering: "We cannot command the guns but we can change the course of things by using a couple of nonviolent approaches". I believe so. Thank you for taking leadership! Stand strong! Sending love and prayers to all.

Seka
Sep 24, 2019
Sep 24, 2019

All right Sally, I like this initiative to wake women up.
Keep continue!
Seka

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 26, 2019
Sep 26, 2019

My Dear sister Sally,
Your words are really insightful and deep. In deed it's time to put aside fear.
Thank you for being the strength of women in Cameroon.
Viva Sally Mboumien!!!

Beth Lacey
Oct 01, 2019
Oct 01, 2019

I pray your hope becomes a reality