Christians Working to Care for Trauma Victims in Cameroon Conflict

ICC Note: Christians are helping those suffering from trauma in Cameroon due to the Francophone-Anglophone conflict currently taking place. The conflict arose because English speakers in the country feel that they have not been represented by their French speaking majority government and want to secede.

07/10/2018 Cameroon (Mission News Network) – Cameroon is embroiled in what could be the precursor to a civil war. The nation is currently divided into two basic populations: the French-speaking majority and the English-speaking minority to the southwest who want to break off as their own nation — Ambazonia.

Those in the Anglophone region feel underrepresented by Cameroon’s government. Two years ago, they decided enough is enough. As English-speakers in southwest Cameroon clamor for autonomy, the French-speaking state military is clamping down.

We spoke with Efi Tembon, the Executive Director of Wycliffe Associates’ Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy. He says, “It’s actually like a genocide where the war is going on in one part of the country, in the English-speaking part of the country. The military has been deployed in that part of the country and they are causing horrible atrocities.

“There are over 30,000 refugees who have fled into Nigeria and over 200,000 people have been displaced. Many of these people are hiding in the bushes — some of them elderly people, expectant mothers, mothers with young babies, and children without any care, without any food, without medicine, [and] without protection.”

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