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A Call For Compassion: An Open Letter To Mrs. Chantal Biya (13.11.2018)

I write to you today, forced into exile and no longer in Cameroon, nearly twenty-four years later with a heavy heart.

YAOUNDE, Cameroon, November 13, 2018 – It is with greatest concern and respect for the future of women, children and people of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) that I greet you in this unusual correspondence. It is my hope and certainly my trust that this letter finds you in the best of health.

I still recall the excitement and joyous day on April 23rd, 1994, when as a young woman you got married and became the First Lady of the Republic of Cameroon. I celebrated that day for two reasons; that the country had as First Lady a younger woman and with the establishment of the Chantal Biya Foundation that same year, you demonstrated your desire to attend to the sufferings of the vulnerable, underprivileged, the sick and weak in Cameroon. I knew that as a woman and a mother, the sanctity of life and the burning desire to protect it was very close to your heart and this has been demonstrated through your philanthropic and humanitarian efforts through the years. With your humanitarian credentials, there was no doubt in my mind that you would protect the best interest of the people of Cameroon as their First Lady.

However, I write to you today, forced into exile and no longer in Cameroon, nearly twenty-four years later with a heavy heart. I hold a heavy heart because of the desperate and horrific situation in Southern Cameroons

The conflict in the Southern Cameroons has taken a terrible toll on the vulnerable community and the stench of death and desolation has engulfed the villages, towns and cities. The depravity and senseless disregard of human life by the security forces of the government of Cameroon is alarming. We are seeing scenes reminiscent of the Ethiopian civil war in the 80s with dead bodies abandoned on the side of our roads, charred bodies of our elderly and vulnerable, burnt alive in their homes and entire villages incinerated from the face of the earth.

The security forces are carrying out extra-judicial killings of the population, the lives of our active young men are no longer assured today than it is tomorrow, and our young women are raped with reckless brutality by the security forces of the government of Cameroon. The trauma and scars of death on the desolate eyes of our children seeing their parents savagely bludgeoned by the security forces is leaving a painful impact characterized by nightmares in these young minds. Most of the indigenous population has been forced into the open forest and exposed to the elements. Nursing mothers and women under their period are left with no options, but to use dead vegetation for their basic hygienic needs. It is a terrible sight to behold.

Cash crops like cocoa, coffee, palm kernels have been abandoned to waste in the farms because the farmers have either been forced to flee or are too afraid to even hold their artisanal tools like cutlasses to go to the farms because that is in itself a death sentence from the security forces. Almost 300,000 IDP and about 100,000 refugees living in squalid conditions in neighboring Nigeria, thousands killed, and some buried in mass graves and thousands arrested, abducted and whisked to dangerous dungeons in Cameroon. The economy of Southern Cameroons that have been systematically abandoned for the last 57 years has been completely eviscerated and devastated by the conflict, punitive curfews and road closures that make movement and commerce between villages and towns perniciously impossible and frustrating.

My hearts bleeds for the children and women rendered orphans and widows, my heart bleeds upon the dark clouds circling above Southern Cameroons, My heart bleeds for the painful and horrific burning of elderly men and women in their homes, the pain, the anger, the complete obliteration of entire communities and cultures. I weep for the mothers and wives of the young soldiers whose lives are also being wasted in this senseless war.

It was permissible in the beginning of this crisis that you stayed silent, it was permissible that you remained indifferent, but it is no longer permissible in light of what we know now. It is no longer permissible as a mother of the nation who understands the pain of childbirth to remain indifferent to the plight of the people of Southern Cameroons. It is a travesty that the pain and suffering of mothers and young women who looked up to you, who sang, praised and celebrated you have been abandoned and treated with this level of disdain. How do you sleep at night as a mother knowing that young children have been deprived of education because of the security situation for the past two years, how do you wake up each morning not knowing what may happened to your loved ones in Southern Cameroons and how can you stay mute for this long with the unravelling refugee crisis in Southern Cameroons. What has happened to the humanity in you? Cry My Beloved Country!

As the wife of Sissiku Julius Ayuk-Tabe (leader of Southern Cameroons), I understand the political implication of this crisis. However, there are times when humanity and government come together for a common goal. In this case, the goal is the protection of humanity; the innocent and helpless men, women and children in Southern Cameroons. They are unable to speak or defend themselves. They live in terror because they never know when they hear the sound of guns in their village, if it is their turn to be killed or taken away in the darkness of the early morning. Imagine the terror that overcomes them when they hear the deafening screams of a sister, aunt, cousin, a playmate or a mother being brutally raped. They know then that they are next. It is compared to an execution queue where men are waiting to be taken away for execution, and they hear the deadly sound of the firing squad as they queue in and wait their turn. The torture, taunts and torments are unimaginable, and you could hear grown men crying.

I realize that I may come under criticisms and accusations for writing this letter to you. I have no other motive to write this letter, other than for you to rally the mothers of Cameroon and bring pressure to bear on your husband and the government of Cameroon for an inclusive dialogue and a negotiated solution to this crisis and the immediate release of our leaders including my husband. The deafening silence from you is no longer acceptable. The lives of 8 million Southern Cameroonians and the fate of their leaders in jail is in your hands. Madam First Lady set the example for other women to follow.

It is not too late for you to send the message; that the mothers of Cameroon will no longer tolerate this war. The Southern Cameroons women will applaud you and women around the world will celebrate you.

The Lives of Southern Cameroons children, mothers and fathers also Matter and the continuing silence in the face of these killings is collusion.

I look forward to collaborating with you to look for an inclusive and negotiated solutions to this crisis.

Respectfully,

Lilian Ayuk-Tabe

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Cameroon: Tripled Increase of battles in the NW and SW Regions from August to October 2018!

As there has been reports of bloody action in the Anglophone region, there has been little or lack of study showing to what extent. Now the The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) have reported and collected the data. This shows to what sort of extent the army and armed forces has acted there. Not that these reports has statistics on fatalities, but the rising amounts of battles and surge of violence. Shows, what most of us is fearing.

The oppressive and acts of state violence against the Anglophone is rising and sharply, to levels we cannot even understand. As people are killed, villages are burned and the President is living lavish in a Swiss hotel. President Paul Biya is just sworn-in and this numbers are dropped, just a friendly reminder of his oppression and his ruthless behavior towards the Anglophone.

Look!

In the weeks before the elections, there was a significant increase in the number of battles between armed groups and the Cameroonian government in the North-West and South-West regions. The number of battles in these provinces increased by more than 300% from August 2018 to 45 events in October 2018” (…) “Though there was an increase in the number of violent activities in both the North-West and South-West regions in the run up to the October elections, two-thirds of the battles in October 2018 were in the North-West region” (…) “As the number of battles between armed anglophone separatists and the Cameroonian government increased, so did the number of instances in which civilians were targeted” (…) “The surge in government targeting of civilians in North-West and South-West provinces may have been a way of trying to suppress opposition in the run-up to the elections. It may also be a function of the security sector’s lack of integration into the local population. The diffuse and fragmented nature of the anglophone separatist movement may make it more difficult for the Cameroonian security sector to differentiate between militants and civilians” (ACLED – ‘ CONTINUED CLASHES BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND ANGLOPHONE SEPARATISTS IN CAMEROON PUT CIVILIANS AT RISK’ 08.11.2018).

These statistics and numbers gives a feeling of what is happening on the ground. There are lots of details missing, as well as the whole picture, which is nearly impossible to get. Because of the blackout of reporting and also coverage from the provinces in question. While government, the curfews and the other measures are securing, that very small snippets of truth is revealed. Therefore, the total knowledge of the armed oppression, the killings and the state activity in these regions are blurry.

That is why the report of ACLED are missing vital numbers to show how many fatalities and how many who has become hurt by these battles. Even if 300 % rise within months are bad enough. We do not know how many civilians who has died, how many soldiers or even militants. As the ill activity is continuing and none is battering an eye, unless an American Missionary is killed or School Children are taken hostage. However, the killings and the state oppression is massive, but we don’t know to what extent.

Each life taken is one to many. Each life has equal value. We shall remember this, Biya and his henchmen has blood on their hands. The unknown killings shall be revealed. When? Who knows, but we cannot let it be in the dustbin. As these people deserves to taint the Republic and the regime that is ruling it. Peace.

Cameroon: SNJC – Declaration Affaire Mimi Mefo (08.11.2018)

Cameroon: Communique on Successive Abductions at Presbyterian Secondary School (PSS), Nkwen, Bamenda (05.11.2018)

Cameroon: North West Region Regional Order No. 469 (06.11.2018)

Cameroon: Le President de la Republique – Arrete (05.11.2018)

Cameroon: AGC – Disappearance of Students from Presbyterian Secondary School in Kwen, Bamenda, Ambazonia (05.11.2018)

Cameroun: Assemble Nationale – Portant Convocation de l’Assemblee Nationale en Session Ordinaire (29.10.2018)

Ali Bongo: The son that didn’t learn from the sins of his father!

What is clear these days, that certain leaders who succeed their fathers at the throne. Haven’t learned a single thing from the past and neither interested in challenging the acts of their father. This can be said for the Second Generation of Dictator in Gabon. A place where Ali Bongo has resided and been the President since September 2009 and lastly re-elected in a scrupulous election in 2016. He took over for his father Omar Bongo who reigned the Republic for 41 years until his death in 2009. Meaning that the family who has been ruling since 1967 and has now had power for 51 years are still not able to do the basics at home.

These two gentle men, both Omar and Ali has both been able to arrest, detain and stop the opposition. They have both been able to control all the state reserves and run the Republic like their fiefdom. However, they are still not able to the basics of the statehood. When, these gentlemen get severely sick. They have to transfer abroad.

Earlier this week, Ali Bongo, the President of 9 years and Second Generation fled to Saudi Arabia over “fatigue” and illness. We don’t know to what extent. Later on Sunday, the same President have been transferred to London, United Kingdom for more treatment. Clearly, the indication of the serious of the sickness is revealing with the change of location. But we don’t know to what extent. There been false-flag reports of his death. Which can confirm is untrue.

What we can confirm is that the father on his last travels for medical treatment went to Spain for help. Omar Bongo couldn’t trust his own Republic’s own hospitals, because he knew the state didn’t have the ability or the treatment facilities needed for the purpose of his trip there. The same as the son, who has to flee from the oil-rich republic to Saudi Arabia before traveling further to London, United Kingdom.

This shows the failure and utter neglect of the state. When the Executive, the Commanders in Chief and the elites. Forgets their purpose and the state services, the needs for a working Ministry of Health and the Hospitals. Not, only afford to import snow for a party or pay enough security guards to cause trouble for Jean Ping.

The Bongo family have forgotten why they were ruling. Not to own dozens of properties in France, luxurious cars and spend lavishly in Europe. But to actually serve the Republic. That part of the equation is forgotten in the spoils of eating of the state reserves and the kickbacks from the foreign companies licensing business in Gabon.

Just like with the father, before traveling to Saudi Arabia. The government ordered to close the borders of the Republic. That is a sign of the seriousness. As the cronies around the president have been saying it is fatigue, like they did with Omar, when they said it was he was “alive and well” hours before his passing in Barcelona, Spain. Who knows how it goes with Ali now, but the similar patterns are there.

Though Ali is much younger than Omar, who was 73 years old and Ali is 59 years old at this date. If these men cared about their republics. They are the Second and Third President of the Republic since Independence. They would have ensured the Republic had working facilities for the days the citizens and themselves come in need of health care. However, they have been preoccupied eating and therefore. Asking and paying foreigners to find the cure.

This shows how the current son, never learned from his father. The sins of the father are staining the son. Who are doing just the same and never thought it would have consequences. However, it does. He is a health care nomad. Because his own Republic doesn’t have the basics in order.

Shiish. It shouldn’t be like this in 2018, but it is, because these gentlemen set the rules and didn’t care. Peace.

Cameroun: Ministere des Relations Exterieures lettre du A Monsieur le Directeur General de Gabon 24 – “Objet: Mise au Point” (28.10.2018)

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