Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AFRICA/CAMEROON – Civil War creates lost generation
Yaoundé – The Anglophone regions of Cameroon, where 20% of the country’s population live, have been experiencing a social and humanitarian crisis since 2016. The crisis signals a historic gap between the French-speaking majority and the Anglophone minority, but it was amplified after the strikes by teachers and lawyers in October 2016, against the sending of French-speaking judges and teachers to the Western Anglophone regions. The strong centralization has led to a phenomenon of increasing use of the French language in public affairs and in the ranks of the state apparatus, which was followed by a drastic decline in Anglophone political representatives in decision-making bodies. A crisis that has turned into a conflict of secession fought by armed groups that clashed with the Cameroonian army, which in turn sparked a humanitarian crisis.