Cameroon English-Speakers Claim Harassment After Government Declares Security Alert

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Cameroon’s displaced Anglophones, who fled from the separatist war in western regions to the capital, are accusing authorities of harassment. Last week, the government declared a security alert following two explosions in Yaounde and began raids on houses in English-speaking majority neighborhoods. Many English-speaking Cameroonians in the capital say they have stories of ordeals with the police, either in their houses or along the streets. One of them is a 31-year-old journalist whom we’ll call Rose to protect her safety. She told VOA that since her national…

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Cameroon Journalist Filing for VOA Harassed by Police

A Cameroonian journalist who freelances for the Voice of America says he was harassed by police who seized his equipment Saturday in Yaoundé, the capital. Moki Edwin Kindzeka said he was also ordered to speak only in French. In a social media post, Kindzeka said, “These guys should not molest people just because they speak the English language.” The Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists on Twitter condemned “this act in the strongest terms.” The group demanded an apology. Kindzeka is also a journalist with the state broadcaster CRTV. Timescape Magazine…

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Peace Operations Chief Urges Central African Republic Actors to Focus on Political Agreement, Inclusive Elections, in Security Council Briefing

Battling the spread of COVID-19 and resurgent militia attacks, the Central African Republic stands at a crossroads, experts said during a 22 June videoconference meeting* of the Security Council, urging the country to stay focused on implementing its landmark Political Agreement and holding credible elections on schedule. Senior officials of the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union — one of the Central African Republic’s main external partners briefed the 15-member Council and reacted the contents of the Secretary-General’s latest report (document S/2020/545. On the one hand, they…

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Thirty-nine organisations call on governments to ensure access to asylum seekers during COVID-19 pandemic

People seeking safety are trapped at borders across Eastern Africa due to COVID-19 measures A coalition of international, national, and refugee-led organizations in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) have today called on governments in the region to reopen borders for asylum seekers. The organisations are calling on governments to put in place measures that manage the current health emergency while ensuring asylum seekers can seek protection.    Countries in the HECA region host approximately 4.6 million refugees and asylum seekers and have a long history of receiving asylum…

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In Cameroon, Social Media Used to Fight Misinformation

YAOUNDE – Cameroon is one of the African countries worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been struggling against misinformation and fake news on the virus.  Cameroon’s  digital first responders have taken to social media to counteract the misinformation.   The COVID-19 pandemic has flooded Cameroon’s health workers with questions  about the virus and about false rumors that hospitals are  overwhelmed,  and  that  testing is either not available or costly.   The director of Cameroon’s National Social Insurance Fund  Hospital,  Professor Anne  Njom Nlend, took  to Twitter to counteract the fake news and remind the public that testing is free. She says it’s a channel for information.  When someone has a lot of followers,…

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Cameroon Disabled Protest Neglect as Coronavirus Spreads

YAOUNDE – Hundreds of people with disabilities fanned out across Cameroon’s capital Monday, protesting against the neglect they say they’ve suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaigners say social distancing rules have discouraged caregiving for the disabled, leaving many more vulnerable to the virus. Cameroon has seen nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases and 276 coronavirus-related deaths, making it one of the worst-affected countries in Africa. Hundreds of people with disabilities visited markets, churches, mosques and public buildings to remind Cameroonians not to ignore them as the central African country deals with…

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Cameroon Clinic Helps Victims Traumatized by Separatist Conflict

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – The ongoing separatist conflict in Cameroon’s western regions has created a growing humanitarian emergency that has affected close to two million people. Humanitarian experts say those displaced by the fighting need help resettling, but also psychological support. A clinic in Cameroon’s capital provides rare trauma therapy for those affected. Fifty-one-year-old Judith Ndome says rebels in Cameroon’s Southwest invaded her farm in 2018, demanding she give them money. When she refused, they beat her, took her farm and burned it to the ground. The attack left her traumatized…

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Africa Harbors 9 of 10 Worst Displacement Crises, Aid Group Says

Of the world’s 10 most neglected displacement crises, nine are in Africa, the Norwegian Refugee Council reports in an annual assessment released Wednesday. “The deep crises represented by millions of displaced Africans are yet again the most underfunded, ignored and deprioritized in the world,” Jan Egeland, the NRC’s secretary general, said in a news release announcing its new report. “They are plagued by diplomatic and political paralysis, weak aid operations and little media attention. Despite facing a tornado of emergencies, their SOS calls for help fall on deaf ears.” Cameroon…

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