Thursday, March 5, 2020

Anglophone Crisis "There is no humanitarian emergency in Cameroon"

The humanitarian crisis born of the armed conflict which has shaken the English-speaking area of ​​Cameroon for more than 3 years is not unanimous within the international community.

If the United Nations (UN) and most of its development partners believe that the situation is becoming worrying, this is not the case among Russian diplomats. 

After an audience with the Ministry of External Relations granted to the Russian ambassador in Yaoundé, Anatoly Bashkin, the Russian diplomat declares: 

"There is no humanitarian emergency in Cameroon, we are against any interference and initiative of intervention in Cameroon ... We are going with our engineers to raise SONARA ... Russia congratulates the Cameroonian people who participated in the municipal and legislative elections last month in Cameroon ". 

A position joins that of Russian President Vladmir Putin who, since the beginning of the crisis, has expressed his support for Yaoundé. 

It should be noted that Russia is currently negotiating the SONARA fire-damaged renovation contract last year.

For their part, the United States is not at all tender with the Biya regime. The Undersecretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, said that after the overthrow of the Omar al-Bashir regime by the Sudanese people, the security situation in Cameroon concerned the United States government. 

“After Sudan, my next concern is Cameroon. You are no doubt aware of the violence going on in this country, ”the American diplomat revealed to journalists. 

Tibor Nagy considers that the Cameroonian Government has not taken into account the grievances of the populations of the North-West and South-West regions. The Under-Secretary of State for African Affairs salutes the efforts of the Cameroonian diaspora, which are heard through its activities. 

According to several NGOs, including Amnesty International, the armed conflict in the English-speaking area has already left more than 3,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.