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GILBERT

"We feel like we are gradually becoming extinct."

 

"First I left to Nigeria. Then from Nigeria I went to Ghana. From Ghana I had to move to Rwanda. Then from Rwanda I got to Tanzania; from Tanzania to Mozambique, and finally, to South Africa. I look forward to going back to a free Southern Cameroons."

Gilbert describes with hardship how he has seen his homeland fall prey to violence. "Our people have been subjected to a systematic marginalisation and torture [...]—our system, our culture, everything that reflects 'we' as a people, is being threatened. This is the reason why the people rose up to demand  rights, and they were faced with brutal attacks from the dictatorship in Yaoundé. We do, like any other people, have a right to life. Whatever is happening today in Southern Cameroons, it is because we have decided to assert that right, to live happily and to live free without being subjugated."

Journalists on the ground are sequentially turned into victims of torture for trying to report the news in Cameroon. Many have expressed equal amounts of fear of the French military, as they have of separatist Anglophone groups. Civilians are caught in the cross-fire, with many finding extreme ways to escape the situation and re-locate to other countries. 

IDENTITY: 

Anglophone

STATUS: 

Displaced, wishes to visit home

WISHES:

For peace to reign at home again

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