September 1ST 2020 witnessed a massive turn out of women to condemn the killings of young girls and women in the Northwest and Southwest regions of the Cameroon
A gathering presided over by Cameroon’s Minister of Woman Empowerment Prof Marie Therese Abena Ondoa, was held in Cameroon’s political capital, Yaounde. She and other women raised their voices against the killing of women and girls. According to the Minister Women are the victims of the conflict and has caused many to flee their homes.
The Minister urged women to mobilize and do their best to ensure peace and a return to normalcy in the regions. Some of the women present were internally displaced.
“I have been living in Yaounde with my children for close to three years now after several threats on my life by armed men,” one of the women present at event said. “I have lost my uncles, aunts and grandparents. I expect the government and separatist fighters to stop the war so that we can go back to our homes. I just want to go back to the house and take care of myself and my kids,” Ngoran Anita, Internally Displaced woman from North West Region said.
Also, Mme, Cordelia Ngane Dibo Maigairi, Focal point, Meme Women in Yaounde said they “want the government to take dialogue to the people in the grassroots because they are the people who are suffering. All we need is security for the natives.” It should be noted that Meme is a Division in the Southwest Region of Cameroon badly affected by the ongoinf conflict.
The gathering saw the presence of the First Vice President of Cameroon’s National Assembly, Hon. Monjowa Lifaka Emelia who promised to keep her firmness to fight against acts perpetrated against women such as, “brutal killing of Florence Ayafor in Bamenda or that of Comfort Timassan in Muyuka.”
The Anglophone Crisis that has endured for four years now has led to the dead of 3,000 civilians and hundreds of Cameroon’s uniform men.
The UN estimates that more than 700,000 people have been internally displaced while 60,000 refugees are in Nigeria as a result of the long conflict according to the UNHCR.