Monday, March 24, 2014

UN Listens to Southern Cameroons Problem

(NewsWatch Cameroon)-After much talk about the plight of Anglophone Cameroon aka Southern Cameroons’ in La Republique du Cameroun, ranging from their marginalization to the deliberate destruction of their cultural, economic, political and social values by the successive Francophone Cameroon regimes of Amadou Ahidjo and Paul Biya, the United Nations has started listening to this perennial problem with keen interest.
During the 2014 United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which took place at UN head quarters in Geneva from February 9 to 27, 2014, Chongsi Joseph Ayeah, the Permanent Mission Representative at the United Nations who triples as the Director of Centre for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy (CHRAPA) with special consultative status at the UN cum the President of the Union of North West Human Rights organizations, was exceptionally given 10 minutes to present the plight of Southern Cameroons in La Republique Du Cameroun. 
During a one-on-one with this reporter in Bamenda, Chongsi Joseph Ayeah recounted his succinct presentation at the United Nations which was heartrending and pregnant with emotions. Instancing the 1972 unification which he described as very loose, he disclosed that he brought the United Nations to realize that despite all the talk about peace in Cameroon, stability in the country is hanging in the balance and could fall apart at any moment. He said the UN was informed that out of about 60 members of Government in Cameroon, there are just about four Anglophone ministers with portfolio. “And of course, I let them know that each time an Anglophone is appointed as Prime Minster, he must be given several deputies and a Secretary General - something which does not happen when a Francophone occupies that post”.Besides, Chongsi intimated that he equally explained how Anglophone corporations like Powercam, WADA Wum, Santa coffee estate and the Marketing Board amongst others had all been closed down, seemingly as part of a deliberate attempt to marginalize Anglophones and render them powerless.
This Article was also Published in NewsWatch Newspaper N°007

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