There is nothing as dreadful watching yourself stand in the valley of the shadow of death. Watching your life at the mercy of others, not knowing if you will be dead or alive in with every passing second.
It's a dreadful and depressing life when you wake up every morning with uncertainty. Not sure of stepping your foot out of your own doorsteps without being caught in the crossfire.
It's deprrssing for you to have run away from your own home and have become a wanderer because yoir home is no longer safe.
It's hurting to wake up everyday to find the lifeless bodies of your own beloved ones and you really don't have anything to say.
It's scary to get panick attacks every moment a pin drops because you never know when to expect the sound of the gun.
It's painful to wake up being "happy" for a bright day but the next minute becomes bleak and dreary.
That is just a vivid description of the situation in my beloved homeland Cameroon.
I remember growing up in a peaceful country. I used to hear about war, but all I experienced at that moment was just a curfew.
Hmmm but some few years down the lane, I find myself running away to "safety"... only if there's anywhere called safe. I wake up everyday traumatized and every passing moment worse than the previous.
I weep every day because a woman and her child have been shot dead by a man born of a woman... what a heartless thing to do.
What pains me most is the fact that men in authority sit and watch fellow human beings murdered and slaughtered like sacrificial lambs. Women not even given the chance to stand up for themselves.
Pride and greed have gripped the people in authority and they will not humble themselves to listen to the opinion of women because they think a woman's opinion does not count.
It's time for men to step back and give women the chance to bring that peace we need. It's high time the male folk realized they can no longer handle the trouble of Cameroon and bring in women for this course.
In the midst of the crisis, women and their children are those who suffer most. They are caught in a crossfire all the times, still, no one listens to their cry.
Fellow Cameroonian women, we have cried enough, we have suffered enough. If the men in authority will not listen to our calm voices, then it's time we raise our voices to a higher tone.
Peace is what we need
Peace is what we deserve
Peace is what shpuld prevail.