Cameroon is among one of the many countries that is affected by the Coronavirus. COVID-19 which started in Wuhan, China in December 2019, has spread like wildfire around the world. It has infected thousands of people and rendered other people anxious and desperate. This has led to a call of concern globally, as many measures have been put in place by several governments to reduce the spread of the deadly corona virus around the world. The Cameroon government through the Prime Minister signed a degree prescribing some 13 measures to curb the spread of the virus.
On March 23, 2020, the U.N declared a global cease fire. This ceasefire is to allow Humanitarian Organizations reach out to populations that are most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.In the case of Cameroon, Internally Displaced Persons are grappling with the challenge of not only been displaced and looking for what to eat, but coping with the new difficulties posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Their hygienic conditions are horrible with the absence of good portable water. Their shelter conditions are appalling as many IDPs sleep on the same bed unavoidably ignoring the social distancing concept. Separatist fighters on their part declared a two weeks ceasefire in the yet to be recognized “Ambazonian Republic” in order to curb the spread of the indiscriminate killer virus.
The atmosphere in Southern Cameroon has been surprisingly calm since this declaration. Attacks from separatist fighters have been limited as well as clashes with the military. Residents in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, now enjoy a certain degree of peace. It appears Separatist Fighters are now fighting to implement measures put in place by the government to limit the spread of COVID-19.
According to a resident in Kumbo, Bui Division, Northwest Region of Cameroon, the number of clashes between the separatists and Armed Forces has drastically reduced. “Instead, the separatist fighters are bent on implementing and making sure we respect the measures put in place by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Northwest. They blocked roads as a way to reduce the circulation of people, in order to check the importation of coronavirus in Bui. This is a good sign. This can be the first step towards the end of the Anglophone crisis” he said
The Anglophone crisis which began in October 2016, as a peaceful protest by teachers and lawyers, demanding for some reforms in their respective sectors took a different turn when the government responded brutally to this peaceful protest. Since then, there have been rampant killings, burning down of villages and destruction of properties.