Between Glimmer and Glum: The Fate of the Southern Cameroonian

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By AKERE T. MUNA

A hundred years after, over seventy presidents from all over the world
gathered in a summit for peace in Paris, to celebrate the Armistice of 1918.

The glimmer of hope that came with the armistice marked the beginning of the saga which constitutes the glum of the Southern Cameroonian today; caught in a debacle for freedom that turns bloodier by the day.

As they celebrated in Paris people were shot in Ndu, Batibo, Nwa, Kumbo, Nsem, Nsimeyong, Mile 16 Buea, Bolifamba, Esu, Nkambe, Belo and Nchoboh.

The unmistakable voice of Angelique Kidjo rang out to break the silence of the ceremony. “BLEWU”, she sang, in the words of the song of Bella Bellow, the famous Togolese singer, whose life here on earth ended brutally at the age of 28 in a ghastly car accident in 1973.

“BLEWU”, sang Angelique, dressed in amazing African attire unperturbed by the autumn of Paris.

The stare of a stunned Trump, Putin, Merkel,Macron, and many other western leaders showed that they had suddenly been forced into a time machine charging a hundred years back to imagine the folly of a War that claimed forty million lives.

“BLEWU”, sang Angelique, in this Togolese language. She sang:

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, go back to your homes safe and sound.
Slowly, go back to your homes safe and sound.
Slowly go back to your homes Safe and sound.
Slowly The Leopard never hastens its pace
Slowly, Slowly, The Leopard never hastens its pace.
The animal with a tail never jumps over fire. Slowly…
God to whom we confide is the only one who knows our troubles.”

Will it have to be in a hundred years time when you and I are gone that we will have to ponder about the folly that blinds us today?

The folly that stops us from understanding that there are 400,000 internally displaced persons, 50,000 refugees, over ninety villages burnt, over 400 civilians killed, thousands more wounded, and close to 100,000 children robbed of the chance to go to school.

The new normal is one of daily kidnappings, victimization, mass graves,mourning, animosity between people who cohabited peacefully for centuries,blackmail, oppression, total destruction of traditional order and so on and so forth.

Slowly, slowly the international community fails to hasten its pace, yet
the African Union wants to silence the guns by 2020, the United Nations are caught in protocol and issues of sovereignty and the other western powers, whose management of the transition to independence is at the root of this drama, are leopards with tails and won’t dare jump over fire.

Slowly, slowly, more and more Southern Cameroonians have no home to go to. They are no longer safe and sound.

Is there anyone out there? Come to the Rescue of Southern Cameroons and no longer slowly, slowly, as deaths augment, bitterness increases and hatred is fueled. Our Youths are the first victims because they want to fight for the future they deserve, willingly risking to throw away the very same future.

Our women are victims of all manner of degrading treatment.

If this armistice anniversary reminds us of anything, it is the fact that the loss of forty million lives was simply human madness.WE should talk now.

Dialogue is not a sign of weakness but an affirmation that there is nothing above the need to save a life.

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ARREYB
 

I am Arrey Bate Arrey I am a blogger, digital journalist, Online Marketing consultant & digital entrepreneur who has been featured on the BBC World Service, British Council and other international media. 6 years as a communicator, I am one of Cameroon's best digital communicators and listed among British Council's Top 100 Young Journalists Worldwide in 2019. My blog www.arreyb.com was nominated at Infinity Blog Awards USA among top 200 blogs from 3,000 submissions worldwide. With a deep knowledge of social media, I founded Arreyb Media, an online media in advertisement, digital branding and blogging with more that 100,000 monthly views on our website www.arreyb.com . I have built an insight driven online advertising and digital advertising skill serving 500+ brands and running even online presidential election campaigns. I have a deep insight-driven & customer-centered knowledge consulting and developing successful B2B and B2C go-to advertising/marketing ideas and was the first blogger to organize a national tour in Cameroon. The ARREYB Media national tour (ABNTour) was a series of 7 conferences held in 7 towns in Cameroon to train young entrepreneurs & media persons on digital branding and building a band, business or career via social media . Always smiling, I report as a journalist, consult as a media expert I am the founder of the AB Afrikpreneur Awards, an African award to celebrate entrepreneurial bodies & systems across Africa and the author of the book "How To Make Money, Build Right Relationships With Social Media" Through our media prowess, my team and I have been able to help several business owners, brands and institutions make more money and enjoy the beauty of business. I can do same for you ! I believe you have what it takes to change the world and live the life you’ve always wanted. The question is, are you ready to take your business or brand to the next level and start making more money ? I am one click away & anxious to help you [arreybmedia@yahoo.com]

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