The Plight of Internally Displaced People from Cameroun’s Anglophone Regions
Cameroun is said to face the most widely neglected humanitarian crisis in the world. Besides its struggle against Boko Haram in the North and the emergency situation of Central African refugees in the East, the country’s Anglophone regions (Ambazonia) have been hijacked by a conflict that has lasted for the past twenty years and caused around 1850 victims. This is the worst crisis between government forces and Ambazonian civil society ever since its annexation to French Cameroun in 1961. Cameroun’s government has engaged in continuous oppression and violations of the rights of Ambazonians as a people, including through torture, enforced disapearances of activists, a limited access to education and economic growth opportunities for ordinary citizens, cultural assimilation, denial of the right to development for the inhabitants of the territory and denial of the right to life through the unlawful killing of civilians. The deteriorating situation has forced many to flee their homes and seek refuge in rural areas, such as the forests surrounding the Francophone regions, where they are exposed to harsh living conditions and have no means of subsistence.