To the International Community: This is the Cost of Your Silence

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Posted October 25, 2020 from Cameroon

The pain one gets from the death of a loved one can't be described. But the frustration, anger and bitterness that adds on to the pain in a situation where death could have been avoided is unbearable. I am not speaking in tongues. The price we the women, our children and other loved ones are paying in this conflict in the English Speaking Regions of Cameroon is too high. Are you all accomplices to this barbarism and wickedness? If not, then how can you all justify your silence over our plight?  When will you take a stand against the carnage in #NWSW of Cameroon, for the women and children trapped in this scenario of power tussle, ruthless brutality and gross violations of human rights? I feel sad and I am confident many women peace builders do too. Are your surprised? We the women have proven to you our commitment to see peace return to our communities, but you seem indifferent. Why then all the fuss about the 20th anniversary of #WPS? Match words with actions and stand with women peace builders in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. Another Rwanda is brewing and now the world is watching. We can't afford the cost of your silence. What will it take for you to speak up and take a stand?

We, the women in Cameroon, have come together to call for a ceasefire in our country. There is no excuse now. 

This story was submitted in response to Peace for Cameroon.

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Tamarack Verrall
Oct 25
Oct 25

Dear Sally,
The time is long past due that the voices of women be herd, and our priorities met, especially the voices such as yours and the women of SNWOT who have been calling out and working together to end this war. The mountainous roadblocks and enraging silences that we as women are constantly up against as we speak out on what needs to happen with life and death urgency need to end. My country is complicit in this war, continuing to do business, even stating commitment to no discrimination and violence against women in your country. I will be writing to the Canadian Ambassador to Cameroon, our Prime Minister, our Parliament and renew my attempts to reach women journalists. Here is a letter I sent to the UN Women this morning. May we all find ways to bring peace to all of you in Cameroon.

Dear Madam Oisika Chakrabarti,
Acting Chief of Communications and Advocacy

I am writing as a long time feminist activist and a member of World Pulse, an online site of 70,000 from 190 countries working to end all forms of violence against women and girls, and toward the world we know is possible. Women in Cameroon have been calling for peace for the four years that this war has been going on. This news from today by Sally Maforchi Mboumien https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/masaliens/posts/97230 is a call for action. The UN was formed through a commitment to peace, dignity for people including rights for women and children. Through this crisis the women from both the Anglophone and Francophone areas of Cameroon have been epically meeting together to end this war. During this pandemic, through the war zones, through the environmental disasters, through the forced migrations, through the rape and enslavement of women, the UN has remained largely silent while millions of dollars pass hands in business as usual, and while women’s voices reach the same thick glass ceiling. I am appealing to you and to the women who hold positions in the UN, imploring you to raise the voices of the women of Southwest Northwest Women’s Taskforce (SWNOT) and to demand an end to this war and the ongoing violence on your global platform.

Thank you, our beloved Mama Tam.

Thank you so much my sister Tam. All voices are needed to save our community from carnage. We are grateful

Nini Mappo
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you dear Tam, for finding a means to amplify Sally's voice to those who may have the power to intervene.

Dear Sister Sally,

We stand with you. My thoughts and prayers are always in Cameroon. I truly hope this crisis now ends. It is too much already. In solidarity.

Nini Mappo
Oct 27
Oct 27

Dear Sally,
I continue to pray and hope for peace for Cameroon with you. May you be heard, so that the sound of gunshots is silenced forever. Stay strong in hope. I wish there was more I could do.
Love, Nini

Sabiha Hasan
Oct 30
Oct 30

Oki, do you think taking this matter to the UN will help you? Think over it and start a campaign for it.

Busayo Obisakin
Oct 30
Oct 30

Dear Sally
It is so sad that this UN is still keeping mute with all he killings going on in Cameroon but we will not be silent! We shall overcome one day! Sending you Love and Hugs my Sister!
Love
Busayo