24, January 2018
It has been revealed that the plight of Southern Cameroonians ever since President Biya declared war on the Anglophone communities is much worse than what the media and Cameroon government representatives portrays. The Ambazonia Secretary of Communication, Hon. Chris Anu was quoted as saying that the genocide in Southern Cameroons is a tragedy that’s worse than anything that Cameroonian and Nigerian media houses have been able to portray about what is happening to these people.
The UN is struggling to cope with the Southern Cameroons refugee crisis in the Cross River State in Nigeria. According to the UN, nearly 40,000 Ambazonians have fled their homeland since troops loyal to the regime in Yaoundé intensified violence on the civilian population committing killings and rapes, making arbitrary arrests, and carrying out mass arson attacks destroying houses in Kembong, Kwa Kwa and Egbekaw.
The UN has not been engaged in any diplomatic effort to resolve the crisis. The Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia have accused the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime of “ethnic cleansing” of the British Southern Cameroons minority, saying the violent bloodshed in the Manyu and Meme states had shamed the government of the 84 year-old Paul Biya.
Yaoundé and Abuja finalized an agreement early this year which facilitated the arrest of the President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, Sisiku Aayuk Tabe including 10 of his top aides in Nigeria. The UN says thousands of persecuted Southern Cameroonians are expected in both Benue and Cross River States in Nigeria.
Ambazonian refugees have refuse to go back unless their safety can be guaranteed by an international military force and La Republique heeds their demands for an independent state of Southern Cameroons.
Yaoundé brands more than eight million British Southern Cameroonians in the country as “terrorists and immigrants from Nigeria. British Southern Cameroonians are considered as the “most persecuted minority group in Africa.”
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai