FACTIONS OF HEAVILY ARMED AMBAZONIAN FORCES THREATEN AND BLOC ROADS AGAINST MAY 20

FACTIONS OF HEAVILY ARMED AMBAZONIAN FORCES THREATEN AND BLOC ROADS AGAINST MAY 20

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May 15, 2022 0

FACTIONS OF HEAVILY ARMED AMBAZONIAN FORCES THREATEN AND BLOC ROADS AGAINST MAY 20

Separatist groups continue to impose their law in a large part of the English-speaking area of Cameroon that they control. Since the outbreak of the war between the secessionists and forces loyal to Yaoundé, nothing seems to shake those commonly known as Ambaboys. Two factions of separatists have just given an ultimatum. Indeed, they have announced the closure of the Mamfe-Ekok road from this Sunday, May 15, for an indefinite period.

“Two Ambazonian armed groups in the Manyu Division, South West Region, have declared that they are closing the Mamfe-Ekok road as of this Sunday, May 15, 2022.
In a video, a masked man is seen giving orders but did not say when the traffic ban will end. He said they are preventing military and civilian cars from crossing the road. Everyone knows that May 20 is approaching and many groups have declared their respective positions on the non-participation of Anglophones,” reports the Cameroon News Agency.

FACTIONS OF HEAVILY ARMED AMBAZONIAN FORCES THREATEN AND BLOC ROADS AGAINST MAY 20
FACTIONS OF HEAVILY ARMED AMBAZONIAN FORCES THREATEN AND BLOC ROADS AGAINST MAY 20

With 3,500 people kidnapped, including 32 seminarians and about 71 forced to pay ransoms … the Bishops call for a sincere and truthful dialogue to resolve the more than deleterious climate that Cameroon is currently experiencing.

The 47th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Cameroon is now in the rearview mirror. But the country’s problems remain. Between the high cost of living, violence and daily discontent, the concern of the men of God is complete. The socio-political situation of the country is far from having delivered its last episode as we still note pockets of resistance in the North West and South West regions of the country.

Since 2016, these two regions have turned into tensions with unprecedented consequences on the economic, material and even human levels. Bishop Abraham Kome, bishop of Bafang and now former president of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (Cenc) did not hide his concern about the deleterious climate that reigns in these regions in crisis for more than 5 years today. “Until now, human rights violations occur daily with total disregard for the sanctity of human life. The weakening of education and access to health care has largely crossed the threshold of acceptability, especially in the villages.

Violence and other sexual crimes leave behind traumatized and desperate communities,” lamented Bishop Abraham Kome. He added: “During this year, 624 victims have been counted and only 10% are receiving assistance in various forms. The church has been particularly affected recently in these areas by the abduction of 32 seminarians in the diocese of Mamfe. According to statistics gathered in the field, more than 3,500 people have been kidnapped and about 71 forced to pay a huge ransom for their release. In some cases, the ransom demanded has forced the victims to sell all their belongings and become wanderers upon release. Unfortunately, some do not make it out alive, as do those who are caught in the blast of an improvised explosive device.
Armed violence will never produce true peace

The bishops of Cameroon expressed their compassion for the victims, while insisting that armed violence will never produce true peace. Rather, it risks driving it away. The Great National Dialogue convened by the President of the Republic from September 30 to October 4, 2019 in Yaoundé had brought together an impressive array of personalities to find lasting solutions to this crisis. The resolutions implemented on the ground struggle to satisfy. Bishop Abraham Kome in his speech at the closing of the 47th Plenary Assembly of Bishops of Cameroon at the headquarters of the National Episcopal Conference was clear. For him: Only a sincere dialogue, made in truth and preceded by the desire to safeguard the common social house will lead to the dawn of peace.

In order to broaden the capacity to live together, the church intends to gather some 6000 young people in the coming months in Ebolowa to inculcate in them the joy of being with others and to collaborate with them for the safeguard of our common nation on the basis of values. “We hope that the various initiatives of the Episcopal Conference will contribute to resolving the more than deleterious climate that this country, which is common to us, is currently experiencing. And to orient our collective image and our behavior towards a dawn of Hope. The state of affairs should challenge and federate all forces towards the aspiration of this dawn of peace so much postponed in Cameroon,” concluded Bishop Abraham Kome.
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