Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ambazonia: Mancho Bibixy ready to give up his life as sacrifice for reopening of schools

The coffin revolution coincided with the strike by an English-speaking teacher in support of the common law grievances of the day.

On November 21, 2016, local radio presenter Mancho Bibixy was held in a coffin at a crowded roundabout in the capital Bamenda in the North West region.

Bibixy denounced the slow economic and structural development of the city, saying he was ready to die while protesting against the social and economic marginalization of Anglophones in this hegemonic French-speaking state.

According to the history professor, reporters, while unrest in the northwestern and southwestern regions of Cameroon is skyrocketing, the rich have moved their children to safer areas to study while the poor pay the price.

Mancho regrets that the current struggle goes against the ideals he defended - the coffin revolution - a struggle that has made the poor even more powerless.

His words: "The biggest paradox is that the rich have moved their children to safer areas to study while the poor are paying the price. The Coffin revolution was about protecting the poor and fighting injustice.We can not see the poor suffer while the rich have their way.

"I concluded that even though I had to die in jail, the kids had to go to school this year. Let them use me as any sacrifice for the schools to fully resume in September 2019. It can not be later than now! "

Mancho joined Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, calling for effective school year.Like UNICEF, Mancho calls on the parties to reopen their schools and create safe learning spaces for children unconditionally, as more than 600,000 children have been denied education since then. 2016.

According to UNICEF, some 1.3 million people, including approximately 650,000 children, are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in the northwestern and southwestern regions of Cameroon, while the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, said children and their families were suffering from armed violence, attacks on their homes and schools, kidnappings, sexual violence and recruitment into armed groups . Imposed confinement, or days of ghost towns, put in place by non-state armed groups undermines the freedom of movement of people and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Toby Fricker, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva, said in Geneva Friday: "For many children, it has been three years since they entered a classroom. As a result of the ban on education by non-state armed groups and their attacks, over 80 per cent of schools have been closed, affecting more than 600,000 children. At least 74 schools were destroyed, while students, teachers and school staff were exposed to violence, kidnappings and intimidation.Since 2018, more than 300 students and teachers have been abducted. After traumatic experiences, they were all released later.

"The targeting of education threatens the future of a generation of children, children who, with the right support and opportunities, can build a more stable and prosperous future.

"Schools and classrooms need to provide children with safe spaces to learn, be with friends, and restore a sense of normalcy in their lives. When children are out of school, they are more likely to be recruited by armed groups and more likely to be involved in child marriage, early pregnancy, and the trauma and lasting emotional distress that these experiences entail. "

Mancho Bibixy currently serving a 15 years prison in the central prison of Yaounde. He was arrested on 19 January 2017 in Bamenda and tried by the Yaoundé Military Court for terrorism, secession, among others.

Source: camerounweb.com/cameroon-info.net