Francisca Awah Mbuli is a survivor of human trafficking. She founded the Survivors’ Network, an NGO that helps victims escape their trafficking situations, offers temporary housing, vocational training and other essential services for successful reintegration.
Cameroon is facing daunting challenges and the president and his team must mobilise the country to find solutions.
The current turmoil in Cameroon is dire and stems from the Anglophone minority which makes up roughly 20% of the country’s population protesting their forced assimilation into the dominant Francophone society contrary to agreements that date back to the 1960s. The Francophone majority has been trying to quell the minority group’s public show of discontent.
The death toll has risen in Cameroon’s English-speaking region following clashes between security forces and protesters calling for independence. Rights group Amnesty International says at least 17 people were killed in clashes. People in the region have been pushing for independence from Cameroon after protesting of years of marginalization by the dominant French-speaking region. President Paul Biya on his Facebook page condemned the violence and called for dialogue. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also strongly condemned the violence and commended the calls for a discussion on the issues raised by protesters.
The relics of colonialism are dispersed all over the continent, language being one of them. Cameroon’s anglophone population has protested about facing discrimination and under representation over the years. On October 1, the English speaking region declared their independence from Cameroon in peaceful protests. The protests on October 1 ended with more people dead and more division in the country. The crisis which is rooted in colonialism is far from over.
Ever imagined that recycling waste could be this innovative? A Cameroonian non-governmental organisation has found a way to recycle waste plastic bottles by making boats. Yes boats and not only is he preserving the environment but also helping fishermen in his community with a cheaper way of earning a living.
Imbolo Mbue is no doubt living the dreams many writers wish for. From a $1 million book deal to winning the PEN/Faulkner Award and now having her book selected by Oprah Winfrey for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. Ee at TIA can only keep wishing for more opportunities to break the ceiling. Congratulations Imbolo Mbue.
For some in Cameroon, you are either Anglophone or Francophone, either a victim or a benefactor of linguistic privilege. However, for Monique Kwachou and other ‘citizens of the 11th region’ who straddle the linguistic divide, the last several months have been a period of considering the complex colonial legacy of their identity.
In Cameroon, it is not uncommon to spend days waiting for incompetent public officials to sign and issue documents. Files often go missing, forcing one to start the tedious bureaucratic process all over again. And, as Nkiacha Atemnkeng discovered, it is even worse for the Anglophone.