Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

Cameroon: Violence in English-speaking region escalates

Violence in the English-speaking region of Cameroon has seen an increase since the President, Paul Biya called for national dialogue. In some towns, military-trained teachers have replaced the regular teachers who have fleed their duties for safety.

But till this moment, the agenda for the dialogue is not known yet, but the government is calling on the separatist fighters to lay down their weapons so that life would return to normal.

But the government quickly forgets that this crisis has attained this height because they used the military to crack down on teachers and lawyers who were protesting peacefully. They detained some of the protesters in a way to suppress the protesters.

This unrealistic action carried out by the government brought to the surface the long-subdued dream of the English-speaking Cameroonian which is to have an independent state.

This is exactly what the government of Cameroon has been trying to avoid. After some of the English-speaking leaders were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment, the government thinks it is the right time to have a dialogue without any representative (not one designated by the government) from the Southern Cameroons National Council.

This call for a national dialogue is meant to yield no fruit as it is not purposeful but rather it is a call to waste the nation's funds on government officials and logistics.


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