Cameroon: Crisis grinds on due to anglophone divisions, Yaoundé’s unwillingness to negotiate

By Nancy-Wangue Moussissa
Posted on Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:02, updated on Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:14

Anti-government demonstrators block a road in Bamenda, Cameroon, 8 December 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

The conflict in the anglophone regions of South-West and North-West Cameroon has been going on without an end in sight since late 2016. Anglophone groups are divided and some at the grassroots argue that secessionist Ambazonian elite have highjacked the initial struggle against marginalisation.

After five years of repeated exactions by both sides, official counts put at least 4,000 dead since late 2016, 712,000 internally displaced people and close to four million people in need of humanitarian aid.

The problems and their historical roots

Cameroon was colonised by France, Germany and Great Britain, with each leaving a lasting impact in the areas under their control. The current conflict started with protests about anglophone marginalisation, including the state of the education and legal systems. The government’s repression sparked further unrest.

Division is just a reflection of our society.