Anglophone Cameroonians seek refuge in Nigeria


From UN19 January 2018 – As swelling numbers of people flee English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, the United Nations on Friday expressed concern over the precarious situation of women and children, which make now up about 80 per cent of the approximately 10,000 registered refugees in eastern Nigeria’s Cross River state.

“Some of these are boys and girls who fled to Nigeria alone,” William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva, adding that unaccompanied and separated children are particularly vulnerable.

“UNHCR has received numerous reports that children have to work or beg to survive or to help their families,” he added.

Many reported that they were unable to attend school, for lack of time and money. Thousands more are among the population of unregistered Cameroonians in neighbouring states, where some of the children are unaccompanied and vulnerable.

“UNHCR is working with the Nigerian authorities to assist with the reunification of separated children with their families, to provide unaccompanied children with protection services and to restore the basic right of all children to education,” Mr. Spindler said.

Some of the children fleeing to Nigeria told UNHCR that they had been out of school in Cameroon for all of 2017.

“For women, the lack of work combined with the over-stretched reception facilities, creates a higher risk of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly from survival sex,” he continued.

While only a limited number of cases have been recorded, mainly in the Amana community of Cross River state, UNHCR is concerned that many more go unreported or are referred only to community elders.

“Incidents of domestic violence, as well as cases of teenage pregnancies involving girls as young as 14, have also been reported,” the spokesperson elaborated.

In Nigeria’s Benue state, two school buildings are serving as temporary refugee accommodations, where women and their families sleep inside communal school halls – deprived of private space and the right to family dignity.

“For them, and for the rest of the population living in temporary tents hastily built next to local residences, sufficient and appropriate shelter is key to ensure adequate registration, systematic aid distribution and reduced protection risks,” Mr. Spindler underscored.

UNHCR and the Nigerian authorities are currently working to identify sites away from the border, where the refugees can live according to international standards.

“We are also establishing offices in the towns of Calabar and Adikpo to better provide assistance and protection to the women and children,” he said, noting that support includes food, basic relief items, water and sanitation facilities.

Since mid-2017, Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have seen demonstrations as tensions have mounted over what the country’s English-speakers see as discrimination against them in favour of the majority French-speaking population.

It is said that President Donal Trump referred to the African continent and other countries as shitholes. A Cameroonian has compiled reasons why Cameroon is a shithole

These statements are facts from Cameroon. God help our nation.

Please add your shithole thing below, the list is endless….

A country in which the president is there for 36 years and willing to run again in 2018, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where the President wakes up some early morning and decides to change the name of a country, isn’t that some shithole?

A country in which almost all ministers are 70 years and above, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Youths hardly gets jobs. Unemployment is at it’s peak, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where pregnant women lack healthcare and dies right infront of the hospital, isn’t that some Shithole?

A country where an Administrator is fired for gross misconduct and two months later he’s appointment and even promoted, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where military Generals don’t go on retirement, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where only gas Allowance of an Administrator is millions, isn’t that some Shithole?

Now, take a country in which an individual embezzles upto 50 billion and above , isn’t that some shithole? The SHITTESTHOLE OF Shittiest of hole.

A country in which 150 billion is borrowed to buy some 32gb=500gb, isn’t that some Shithole? Shittiesthole ever

A country where those they claim are their citizens are murdered by military like ants, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where protesters are shot broad day light from a military Helipcopter, isn’t that the shittest of hole?

A country where military set ablaze houses of inhabitant in a city or village, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Administrators addresses people in one part of the country as “DOGS”, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where a mayor shoots somebody and walks freely, isn’t that some Shithole?

A country where a Mayor is accused of fraudulent documents and nobody cares yet he’s still the mayor, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where the President appoints dead persons as Administrators, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where ENAM candidate is dead even before Oral part of the exam but his name still on final list of those admitted, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Lawyers are brutalized, tortured, Students raped by Military, tortured, students hostels attacked, destroyed, and no one is questioned, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where civilians are arrested in Southern Cameroons, taken out of jurisdiction to Yaounde, Charged with terrorism and all what not in a military court, some sentenced even before trail. Isn’t that some shithole?

A country where an Administrators goes on national TV and says 32gb = 500gb, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where, rubbish/trash are piled in major cities, and no one cares, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where Univeristy lacks toilets, students urinate everywhere on campus and no one cares, isn’t that some shithole?

A country where military break into citizens homes, steal money, torture citizens, and even steal their money and foods items, isn’t that some shithole?

A country that does not have no public libraries, teaches students how to draw grasshoppers 😂 lol , isn’t that some Shithole?

Let me be going🚴🚴

Almost a year since Amnesty international report on Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob

In their legitimate war on Boko Haram, the Cameroonian authorities have violated the rights of some of the very people they were supposed to be protecting. This includes Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob. These three young men have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sending a sarcastic message about Boko Haram.

I visited them in Yaoundé’s main prison on 21 November last. They remain dignified at this difficult time and are convinced that, with everyone’s support, they will very soon be able to rejoin their families and achieve their dream: to continue their studies and find a job.

Régina, the mother of Levis, one of the three being held in the prison, has not seen her son for more than 10 months because she lacks the money to get there

The minutes spent waiting seem like an eternity to me. To break the boredom, we seek out the few chairs and benches that are still useable in order to make ourselves comfortable. A smell of sweat mixed with apprehension and fear hangs over the huge visiting room of the main prison in Yaoundé, where prison guards doze on plastic mats.

Opposite the entrance door, a few shelves holding religious books serve as an untidy library. Benches and chairs are stacked in the background, all as worn and dusty as each other.
Régina, the mother of Levis, one of the three being held in the prison, has not seen her son for more than 10 months because she lacks the money to get there. She lives a long way from Yaoundé and it takes more than six hours by bus to reach the prison.

Like the other parents, Régina prefers to send money to a relative living in Yaoundé so that they can buy basic foods (gari, bread, sugar, rice, and dried fish) to ensure the young detainees have something to eat.

The arrival of the much anticipated trio into the visiting room breaks the atmosphere. Fomusoh Ivo Feh and his two friends Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob join us, smiling broadly. Friendly greetings are exchanged and jokes about what good shape Fomusoh is in.

Strong bonds between them
No hugs or embraces. And yet the strong bonds between them can clearly be seen through the sensitivity of their gestures, the warmth of their voices and the affection in their eyes. Ivo, Levis and Nivelle dream of continuing their studies and finding work so that they can support their families financially, families for whom they are their only hope. And yet these dreams were brutally crushed the day they were charged with “attempted insurgency against the Cameroonian state” and “failure to denounce” acts of terrorism.

And, following a long and difficult legal process that lasted more than two years, they were sentenced to 10 years in prison on 2 November last. Their “crime”? Receiving and passing onto their friends a joke via SMS. The joke read: “Boko Haram is recruiting young people aged 14+. Requirements: 4 GCEs, including religion”, an ironic reflection on the difficulties of finding work in Cameroon.

The young men were tried by a military court

While the excitement and joy of such a reunion cannot be denied, it is difficult to forget the pain: the long legal process, the numerous referrals and, finally, their absurd sentences, striking you as a real insult to human rights.

This 10-year prison sentences are based solely on the “evidence” of one SMS found on Nivelle’s phone, which was confiscated by a teacher during a lesson.

Although they are English speakers, Ivo, Levis and Nivelle have had virtually no access to an interpreter throughout the whole process, the court hearings of which took place in French. The young men were tried by a military court even though they were arrested well before the adoption of an anti-terrorist law that gave military courts the power to try all terrorism-related cases.
I have worked for Amnesty International for two years now as Campaigns Officer and I have met many people whose rights have been violated by the security forces and the authorities in the context of the war on Boko Haram in Cameroon. I have shared their anguish and taken up their struggles for justice.

This includes the case of the missing people of Magdémé and Doublé, the case of Nadia, sentenced to death on the basis of limited evidence in an unfair trial, and also the case of the journalist Ahmed Abba, at risk of the death penalty.

I have shared their anguish and taken up their struggles for justice

I have celebrated the most unexpected joys and victories with these people and I have also, always, whatever the outcome, received words of thanks on behalf of the whole Amnesty International movement and all its activists.

Levis spoke on behalf of everyone. With a strong voice, strained with emotion, he looked me straight in the eyes and said: “You don’t know us and we don’t know you but you have been by our side since the beginning, working for our release. Amnesty International has done what even our own families have not. We will be forever grateful for that. You give us the strength to continue each day and not give up. It’s not easy but we’ll get through this. May God bless you and continue to help you in everything you do. Thank you for everything.”

On this day, Ivo’s 27th birthday, thousands of human rights activists ask the Cameroonian authorities to release these three young men

On this day, Ivo’s 27th birthday, thousands of human rights activists the world over are again joining voices with those of Éric, Ivo’s brother, Régina, Levis’ mother, and Judith, Nivelle’s mother, to ask the Cameroonian authorities to show justice and respect for human rights by releasing these three young men.

They are asking the Cameroonian authorities to release the three prisoners of conscience, in implementation of the public statement made by the Minister for Communications on 2 December last. Based on clearly incorrect information, Minister Issa Tchiroma at that time stated that the three young people were no longer being held in detention. This is not the case and it is high time they were promptly and unconditionally released.

Cameroonian parents keep pupils out of school, lack of trust in vaccinations.

Because of this, a school that normally hosts over 900 pupils was left with just close to 400 pupils.

Teachers and health officials have been making efforts to help this children come back to school even though the return is still timid.

At the Government Primary School Group 2 of Gaikama in Maroua, a teacher attested that he was in school early in the morning when suddenly pupils who came early to school started running back home. He said some parents had even worsten the situation by accompanying their children back home.

In order to prevent the situation from aggravating, he went from house to house on bike convincing the parents that the said rumour was false.

Because of this, parents started bringing back their children to school.

More over some parents who already came to withdraw their children home after a great struggle, summited to their teachers advice.

Meanwhile others preferred taking back their children home so to digest the shock and doubts and instead bring them back the following day.

This rumour comes just a week back after another had gone vira insinuating that a vaccine meant to kill pupils will soon be introduced.

many onlookers have expressed that the tmosphere which is still covered with doubt and uncertainty needs to be cleared off.

And for this to work, they say education and health officials need to redouble their efforts in convincing parents and pupils that the rumours was actually false.


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