He calls you. You pick up feeling a rush of happiness. At last you get to speak with your father after a period of silence. You hear mom giggling in the background, and your sister screaming “Helloooooooo Jujuuuu”, then you sigh a happy sigh. Everyone is okay. Thank God.
It’s been more than a month now since Southern Cameroonians have been subjected to No Internet. The government cut off internet from the anglophone regions of Cameroon around late January, to ‘curb’ the anglophone uprising against the marginalisation of their region. And how did the government reply to their cry? More marginalisation.
I can’t imagine what people in the North and South west regions of Cameroon are going through right now with No internet access. Imagine if you’re working in Yaoundé (Capital City, Predominantly Francophone) and your wife is working in Bamenda ( Predominantly Anglophone), the same WhatsApp messages you send your colleagues in Yaoundé, you won’t be able to send to her in Bamenda because of lack of internet. Communication can only be through phone messaging or phone calls. Now imagine if your loved ones are in entirely different countries all together, think of businesses that need to communicate with suppliers, check stock, think of NGOs that need to reply to sponsor’s emails, think of students who are being asked to return to school …but I wonder how they’re expected to do projects and function without internet. The streets are littered with a high military presence who just arrest, rape and beat anyhow. Jails are rotten with the most inhumane conditions, filled with innocent people who were simply crying out to be redeemed and treated equally in a country they call home. What sort of hurt is this?
I’m just a Cameroonian student in South Africa, a nation were foreigners are prejudiced. Yet, in my own home country anglophones are being treated like second class citizens in their land! I can’t communicate with my family back home like I used to. SMSes do not go through unless they are very short. And you can only send 2 Smses at a time. Phone calls are extremely expensive on student budget so when calls are made, they’re usually quick to get everything you have to say out, until the next time you get to talk. I want to say more, but I can’t.
I just close my eyes and pray, pray that this nightmare will end soon. This is not a dream. This is real! And this is just my simple story. What about the 2 million Cameroonians in the anglophone regions, cut off from the rest of the world?
The story is far deeper than this. Deep secrets in our colonial past now hunting us. If you will like to understand the entirety of what is going on in Cameroon, why there is a plea for 2 state federation and even cessation as some suggest, do listen to this in depth interview by Africa Business Radio.
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