Cameroon diaspora use protests, discussion to shed light on human rights issues in the country

By George Bamu on March 2, 2017

Members of the Aurora city council(Angela Lawson, Francois Bergan, and Marsha Berzins) in a meeting with the Cameroon community, Feb. 26.

The Cameroonian diaspora in Colorado is not large when compared to the country’s diaspora in places such as Washington D.C., Virginia or California, which has hundreds of Americans with roots from the country.

While this is the case, the small community in Colorado’s front range, made up of students and professionals working in many fields, boasts some of the most vocal activists who are seeking change in the country.

Even before the current crisis which threatens to erase the future of the country started, many of them had been waging a silent battle of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) for some time.…

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Cameroonians in Colorado plan rally against government of President Paul Biya

By George Bamu on February 20, 2017

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Cameroon President, Paul Biya, and First Lady, Chantal Biya, at a reception for the Cameroon National Football team at the presidential palace in Yaounde. February, 2017

Since November 2016, the African nation of Cameroon has been embroiled in civil unrest marked by demonstrations and boycotts against the Francophone-dominated government of President Paul Biya.

Recent news reports point to many civilian deaths through police action, while others, including journalists, lawyers and civil society leaders, have been arrested and placed on trial.

The Cameroon administration recently began the use of French in courts and classrooms in the Anglophone regions of the country as a way to promote bilingualism and national integration.…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/16/17-1/22/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on January 25, 2017

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, 16 countries compete in the African Cup of Nations and a crackdown on social media in Cameroon.

African Cup of Nations Holds in Gabon

Nigeria’s national football team celebrates the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations win against Burkina Faso.

Football or soccer is a global sport. As the most popular sport in the African continent, it’s no wonder 14 countries are participating in the Africa Cup of Nations. Categorized into four groups, Uganda was eliminated when Day 3 of the tournament comes to a close.…

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Experts warn of civil war in Cameroon if “internal divisions” not resolved

By George Bamu on January 22, 2017

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Petrol station in Mamfe in English-speaking Cameroon with all-French signs

Beyond academic and diplomatic circles, many have not heard of the International Crisis Group or Crisis Group. The Brussels-based non-governmental organization, tracks and warns of the potentials of conflict in nations around the world. The group is highly respected and often quoted in news reports due to their thorough research.

Just before the Arab Spring took hold in the Middle East and North Africa, the Crisis Group made a dire warning about Cameroon.

In its report 160 of May, 2010, the group stated, “Cameroon’s apparent stability is deceptive; even if it overcomes its near-term challenges, longer-term deterioration could lead to conflict.”

Cameroon is often praised for being a stabilizing force in an unstable region that has seen its share of war and catastrophes.…

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