With the escalating Anglophone Crisis rocking the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations had slated a date to find lasting solutions to this intransigent crisis. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference which was originally slated for March this year 2020, has however been postponed to run from October 30, 2020 to November 01, 2020.
It should be noted that Cameroon is one of the countries which has disobeyed the United Nations order of a global ceasefire in the midst of the Corona virus which has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. In the midst of this pandemic, the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon has only gotten worst, with increased military raids and gruesome killings and kidnappings by separatist fighters.
The coalition for dialogue in a press release re-instated that; “The last few months have been unfortunately a severe escalation in the armed conflict in Southern Cameroon. Gross human rights abuses are registered daily with women and children bearing the brunt of it”. The non- governmental organization also mentioned that: “despite resolutions from the United Nations for global ceasefire, the conflict in the southern Cameroon is rather escalating”.
A conference with the theme; “Defining a pathway for our future” aims at attaining two main objectives; engaging all segments and professionals of southern Cameroons origin to establish the majority view on a pathway to a permanent negotiated solution to the armed conflict and developing a detailed frame work for a robust post- conflict reconstruction”.
The conference also aims at bringing together southern Cameroonians from every work of life: civil society leaders including separatists, business men and women, legislators, traditional leaders, youth leaders, academics, media personalities and members of diaspora.
“The coalition has put in place a credible authentication process to ensure the decisions and positions during this conference represent the views of southern Cameroonian attendees”.
Several other conferences have been held to ensure that the Anglophone crisis gets resolved. The conflict which has been going on for almost four years has only been escalating and the civilian population left to experience hardship. Most Cameroonians are hoping this conference does not end up like the failed Grand National Dialogue, which has not helped in resolving the crisis after almost a year.
As days go by, civilians are being caught up in the middle of the crisis; thousands are internally displaced, while most villages are deserted. While the military points blaming fingers at the separatist fighters, the separatist fighters point accusing fingers back at the military for atrocities: as was the case of the woman beheaded in Muyuka this August 2020, which stroke the attention of international communities.