Galim, Kouoptamo, Zavion, Babadjou… While the crisis which is shaking the North-West and South-West of Cameroon continues to get bogged down, in the French-speaking region of the West, the list of localities victims of incursions carried out by English-speaking separatists continues to grow. the group of villages of Fondonera, located in the department of Menoua, was the last to suffer the fury of these groups fighting for the establishment of a secessionist state, called Ambazonia. On July 2, a dozen armed men landed on the main square, where the large market is held, in this border village in the English-speaking department of Lebialem. After shooting in the air, causing the population to flee, they set fire to two vehicles and three motorcycles. The group takes the opportunity to refuel provisions and liqueurs, then disappears into the forests of the surrounding hills.
English-speaking Cameroon: the consequences of four years of conflict
Since the start of the crisis, schools, health centers and markets in several other localities in this region have been attacked, destroyed or set on fire. Some residents were kidnapped, others killed. Several French-speaking border villages have emptied, swelling the ranks of displaced people and increasing humanitarian needs. Incursions facilitated by the proximity that exist between the cultures and way of life of the populations living on both sides of the border.