Buea, 31 October, 2021 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Civilians in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon have continued to pay the price of violence between security forces and armed groups that has been going on for close to five years, the Catholic Bishop whose Diocese is located within the warring Anglophone regions has told ACI Africa in an interview.
Cameroon’s English-speaking regions plunged into conflict in 2016 after a protest by lawyers and teachers turned violent. An armed movement of separatists claiming independence for the so-called republic of Ambazonia emerged following the government’s crackdown on protesters.
In the Wednesday, October 27 interview, Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi of Buea Diocese said the military presence is intimidating and that “everyone is tired of seeing what is happening in our country, tired of hearing the bullets flying.”
“Since the beginning of the current crisis, the civilian population has continued to pay the price for the reckless actions and shocking violence of the security forces or armed groups,” Bishop Bibi lamented.
He added, “The insecurity is there. When you don't know who the enemy is, it becomes difficult to contain a situation that is going out of hand.”