Known within the country as the “Anglophone” conflict, this is the latest crisis in the world currently.
Some might argue that this is as a result of the lingering colonial past mistakes going back to between 1901 – 1911 where the country was split between the British and French colonial powers and later Independence was granted to the french speaking part in 1960 and the English part of the country was given the option to join either it’s Neighbour Nigeria to the west or French Speaking Cameroon to the East.
Fast forward to today, the central African country has been embroiled in fighting between the Cameroonian military and the separatists Anglophone also know as Ambazonia. They make up 20% of the population and are seeking independence from the french part based on notions of injustice and marginalization for being the minority.
Reports shows that the conflict has been growing over the past couple of months now with the separatists attacking and destroying towns and villages. This was sparked by the Government crack down, arrest and imprisonment of demonstrators that were demanding more autonomy and recognition. Displaced citizens numbering in their around 500 thousand have fled the north West areas into the majority french speaking areas.
Those who have been left behind or chose to stay in their communities have been subjected brutal treatment at the hands of both the separatists and the military.
Sources show video evidence of the separatists beating up a local after accusing him of being a traitor for refusing to join the militia.
On the other hand videos emerged on social media of what looks like the Cameroon military burning down houses of those them suspect to be backing the separatists militia. The military denied this and attributed it to propaganda made by the militia pretending to be soldiers in military uniforms.
The Cameroonian military also shared videos with on the ground foreign reporter Alex Crawford, of the savagery of the militias from beheading of soldiers to genital mutilations and burning of vehicles carrying supplies to displaced people fleeing the violence.
They risk being attacked by separatist groups from Cameroon’s English-speaking Anglophone areas, which want independence from the mainly French-speaking authorities.
At this point in time each side is accusing the other of orchestrating violence and one can only hope that the world begin to notice this is fast becoming a crises going out of hand and in need of immediate attention by the United Nations and world leaders.