Dialogue seems to be the cheap word everybody uses nowadays when talking about solutions to the ongoing conflict between La Republique du Cameroun and The Federal Republique of Ambazonia. It is the word everyone uses even without stopping to think about what it really means. International organizations say dialogue is the only way out but without making further precisions about the dialogue like what, when, where, who and how? In fact, the notion of dialogue as the solution to the ongoing crisis is very complex and includes many variables that most people overlook. Without an in-depth analysis on those variables and sound preparation, the dialogue we all yearn for is a long way to come and is very likely doomed to fail.
Firstly, the what: What will the dialogue be about? If your answer is “It will be about the current crisis” that is as vague as the word dialogue itself in this context. What is it in the current crisis that we want to talk about? The root causes, the nature of the crisis, the consequences of the crisis, the victims, solutions, etc. This list could be longer. La Republique du Cameroun’s idea of what shall be discussed in that dialogue is totally different from what The Federal Republique of Ambazonia expects to be discussed in the same dialogue. If you doubt it prove me wrong.
Secondly, the when: When will the dialogue take place? Your guess is as good as mine. When both sides see that conditions they have laid down as prerequisites for dialogue are met with. The Federal Republique of Ambazonia has a short list of about 4 conditions as mentioned in the most recent speech of the Chairman of The Governing Council: The release of all Ambazonians detained in jails in La Republique du Cameroun, the complete demilitarization of the territory of Ambazonia, the presence of a neutral mediator and the selection of neutral grounds for the dialogue. On the other hand, La Republique has not laid down any conditions that I know of. It is therefore arguably right to say that the when is hard to pinpoint at this moment.
Thirdly, the where: Where will the dialogue take place? The last time opinion leaders from Southern Cameroons tried to dialogue with representatives of La Republique du Cameroun was in November 2016 and the dialogue ended up being a snare as the opinion leaders were rounded up after discussions and thrown into jail. That explains why opinion leaders are cautiously advocating for neutral territory where neither of the parties dialoguing will have the power to intimidate or hurt the other. “Once bitten, twice shy” the adage goes. So, in Nigeria, South Africa, France, England, The USA, China, Russia, Australia, or in some dare-you place like North Korea? Don’t laugh. If you can find any territory on the globe that is not biased, suggest.
Fourthly, the who: Who will the participants at the dialogue be? This is probably the most delicate and mind-bending question of the five. Who will be the persons to constitute the teams of participants from La Republique du Cameroun, from The Federal Republique of Ambazonia and the mediating team? In fact, how many will they be in each team? Will it be okay to have all major protagonists at the table or simply their surrogates? Think of Minister Tchiroma from La Republique du Cameroun for example sitting at the other end of the table and spokesperson Milton from The Federal Republic of Ambazonia at the other end. How would you prevent the two from strangling each other? Or worse still, think of the same person who called Ambazonians dogs in the room with a parent whose kid was shot during the October massacre. How do you hold those two back from choking each other to death? Those who are calling for dialogue should spend more time pondering over these details instead of just clamoring for dialogue.
Fifthly, the how: How will the dialogue be organized? This part begins with the major question about the initiator of the dialogue. That alone can make or mar the dialogue. How is it going to be convened; by some ministerial decree from the same person who ordered the massacre of armless citizens or by the Governing Council or by some international organization? How will the talks be financed? Will there be wide media coverage or everything will be done behind closed doors? The how of everything is key to its success. If we expect meaningful dialogue in any near future, the how must be in the works right now or else we are heading towards failure.
Because of these details raised above, dialogue might come in a more distant future than we expect. It might have people we least expected and leave out those we expected to be present at all cost. It might take place where we least expected and last longer. It might produce questionable or laughable solutions. It might just fail woefully. Keep your expectations low and the wisest thing to do now in my opinion is to think of plan B: What if dialogue fails…?
So when I read online and listen to all those who are so concerned with the crisis and seem to have solutions on their fingertips, what I ask myself is whether they have thought about the ingredients needed for successful dialogue to take place. While some opportunists take advantage of the crisis to seek for notice and even make political gains, there are some genuine humanitarians who want the conflict resolved. The first step towards achieving successful, constructive and meaningful dialogue should be to identify those genuine unbiased humanitarians who are in for nothing else but the wellbeing of humans irrespective of which sides of the conflict they belong.
Kofi Annan: His Death, SCNC, Biya, The West And Ambazonia
Kofi Annan: His Death, SCNC, Biya, The West And Ambazonia.
Kofi Annan, in memoriam
We have received news this morning of the passing away of Kofi Annan, a son of Ghana and Africa, a statesman of the world. We salute the memory of Kofi Annan who personally achieved many things, including recognition as a Nobel Peace laureate in 2001.
Kofi Annan brings up many memories for us. He worked for a negotiated settlement of the Bakassi conflict. Our forerunners in the struggle lobbied him intensely on case of the annexation of Southern Cameroons by La Republique du Cameroun. Mr Annan even visited Cameroun to discuss our situation. His advice to Biya to initiate negotiation failed.
Being a son of Africa, Annan hoped that Paul Biya will work with the SCNC and other groups to adjust the state peacefully and resolve the root cause of the problem. But he left and nothing changed. Biya duped him. Biya promised him that dialogue will ensue and Mr Annan played his own part of the bargain to not criticise LRC much, to give Cameroun the chance to fix its mess. Lai lai to lai lai, nothing happened. Biya pretended to listen. He ignored him. But sadly too, Kofi Annan had failed to learn from his past failure. As Under Secretary General of the UN in charge of peacekeeping operations, Annan had failed to stop the Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered in 100 days. Mr Annan was also in charge when 8,000 Moslems were massacred in a UN safe area by Serbian forces.
Mr Annan was to some extent let down by the West. But he did publicly recognised that he could have done more to prevent those dark moments from occurring in our world.
Fast forward two decades. Successive batches of UN and world leaders have failed to address the case of the Southern Cameroons. Here we are today – in conflict, our people being murdered by troops loyal to the man whom Kofi Annan trusted, our women being raped, a genocide developing in our land, hundreds of thousands of our people displaced.
Biya scammed Kofi. Unfortunately, the story of this bloody struggle would be insincere without stating the obvious failure of the one African who held the office that could have saved our people from this mess and also preserve the husbands of the several women who are now widows on LRC’s side.
But Mr Annan knows the value of independence. Speaking about Ghana’s independence to a group in 2012 in Canada, he declared, “I walked away as a young man believing change is possible, even radical revolutionary change.”
The people of #Ambazonia #SouthernCameroons should take the hint from Mr Annan’s quote above.
As we mourn a great statesman of the world, a son of Africa, the world should seize the opportunity to examine one of the burning issues where they failed to empower Koffi to resolve the annexation of Southern Cameroons Ambazonia by Cameroun which has now turned into conflict and Africa’s fastest growing humanitarian crisis.
Biya duped Kofi. We hope Antonio Guttieres will reflect on this.
The independence of Ambazonia is non negotiable.
Restoration Forces Arrest Extortionists In Bui
Restoration Forces Arrest Extortionists In Bui
BaretaNews sister platform Scandy Media is reporting that Restoration forces in Bui have arrested two notorious suspects for questioning.. Scandy Media mentioned that these two civilians were part of a gang operating in Bui moving from village to village, house to house terrorizing Ambazonians and at the same time collecting guns, huge sums of money, breaking into homes and stealing, threatening and blackmailing the population while addressing themselves as Amba Boys. The arrest of these individuals is part of the huge campaign by the ASC to root out those who have taken advantage of the God ordained revolution.
Scandy Media writes further:
“…The recent village has been Kitiwum precisely in Shukov kale where a family was attacked 2 days ago and a ransom asked if not their home would be set ablaze. Another women still in Kitiwum was attacked and kidnapped until 1 million was collected . Last two weeks we heard of similar incidents in kikaikom, and a week ago was Nseh…Our Restoration forces have been tracking down these groups and Scandy media has been reliably informed that there exist more than two of such groups as well as individuals calling themselves Amba boys.When ASC got the complains, they were obliged to share the self defense code of conduct to let our people know and understand that Ambazonian self defense forces do not kill their people, they protect them, they do not break into people’s homes, nor kidnap. They do not ask for ransom nor oblige people to give. People donate freely to them..”
BaretaNews adds that this phenomenon is seen also in Meme, Fako, Mbonge etc. Some civilians have taken upon themselves to pretend that they are Amba boys (Self Defense Forces), meanwhile they go about harassing the population. Just last week the ASC made known an email and phone numbers for people who are faced with this aspect to contact them so that legitimate self defense groups in that county can be contacted to track down those carrying out these illegal acts. We also understand that Yaounde through Atanga Nji have been using civilians to create fake groups.
It is the position of BaretaNews that this campaign must intensify in other areas, those caught MUST NOT BE SPARED. The revolution must again be sanitised of these agents of darkness from within and without us. In fact, the upcoming Washington, DC must come out with a white paper that creates a Restoration Police Force amongst the self defense forces whose job must be to ensure that this new found waves of harassment and extortion of our people comes to an end.
In a war like ours, these things are bound to happen as rule of law breaks down, however, it is our responsibility, especially the restoration forces to Ensure that these acts are brought to a bare minimum or not in existence at all.The state of our revolution is strong.
Yaoundé Terrorist Forces Declare Full Scale War on Hospitals & Medical Personnel in Ambazonia
Yaoundé Terrorist Forces Declare Full Scale War on Hospitals & Medical Personnel in Ambazonia
The war declared by the colonial President of Cameroun, Paul Biya, on the people of Southern Cameroons continue to escalate, with the terrorist forces of French Cameroon intensifying their genocidal atrocities on the innocent people. If the activities of the past week are anything to go by, then it wouldn’t be wrong to conclude that the terrorist colonial regime through it foot soldiers in Ambazonia has declared war on hospitals and medical personnel.
The week saw multiple targeted attacks on medical infrastructure and personnel in different localities across the war tone territory by the Yaoundé trained terrorists. This of course led to loss of lives and destruction of medical facilities and properties.
It all began some two months ago with when the Yaoundé terrorists attack and ransacked a local health unit in Ikiliwindi, Meme County, Southern Zone of Ambazonia, destroying the facility and manhandling the staff present. Their crime was that, they were allegedly offering their services to wounded Ambazonian Independence Restoration fighters. Today, the health facility is abandoned and the local population have resorted to traditional medical practices.
The next point of attack by the terrorists was the Government Integrated Heath Unit in Bafia, Muyuka local government of Fako County. The French Cameroun terrorist had attacked the facility shooting heavily with machine guns targeting hospitalized citizens and staff. Many patients and staff were wounded as they scamper for safety, while those who could not run gave themselves to fate. The medical facility now lies in ruins as the personnel have joined other residents in the bushes as they run for their lives.
Hospital personnel in Lebialem have also come under repeated attacks from the colonial terrorists, with the arrest and brutal murder of a popular nurse in a popular Catholic Mission hospital in the county. Other hospital workers in that county have all deserted their work stations and now seek refuge in the cities of Kumba and Buea.
Last week, still in the Southern Zone, a local government health unit in Mbonge, Meme County, the colonial terrorists attacked and burned down an integrated health unit. A sick victim who was unable to get up from his hospital bed and run for safety was burned to dead. The crime of the facility and its managers is that they have been allegedly treating wounded Ambazonian fighters.
The situation is not different in the Northern Zone of Ambazonia. In Belo, Boyo County. Colonial terrorists have in multiple occasions attacked and harassed staff of the Mbingo Baptist hospital on grounds that they have been secretly offering their services to Ambazonian fighters.
The Batibo District Hospital is also said to have been shut down with staff on the run after the colonialists invaded the hospital brutalizing patients and staff, and accusing them of treating restoration forces. Other local health centers within the Momo County have also been shut down, while some have been completely burned down to ashes.
In Mbengwi, In Mbengwi, still in Momo County, a medical doctor identified as Njong Patrick and his wife Azah Nancy, a nurse were executed by the Biya forces in ISIS style, as they returned from work on a Motobike. The murdered health personnel were heads two different medical facilities. The Acha Tugi Hospital, which is the biggest hospital in Momo County and managed by the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon has also been deserted by staff after the colonial terrorists invade the facility seeking to arrest staff and patients with gunshot wounds.
In one of the most recent cases an ambulance transporting patients between Mbingo Baptist Hospital and the Bamenda General Hospital was targeted by colonial terrorist and spayed with bullets leaving a nurse seriously injured. The Nurse according to sources is still receiving treatment in a local hospital in Bamenda.
” It very fortunate that the shootings started when the bus was on its way from Mbingo after patients had been deposited. The casualties would have been more,” a source told a local television Equinox tv.
Since the beginning of the senseless war, many young men with gunshot wounds uptrained during the peaceful protests of September 22, and October 1st 2017 have been pulled out of hospital beds and executed on grounds that they are Ambazonian fighters.
It is therefore not only a war against the sovereign people of Ambazonia, the terrorist regime is going further to attacked institutions protected under International Law during the periods of war.
In the face of all these, one can only ask; even if these health facilities are offering services to Ambazonian fighters, what is wrong in them offering these services? Don’t they have the right to offer treatment to any wounded individual during a war like this?
Why have the colonial terrorists been going to these same hospitals for treatment when they are also wounded? A good numbr of them are offered first aid treatment in some of these hospitals before being ferried to their territories of Douala and Yaoundé through helicopters.
Let the colonial terrorists continue with their war crimes, with the hope that it will weaken the Ambazonian people to give up the revolution. They fail, this is a do or die movement. It is unstoppable and the people have made up their minds to live free or die. Ambazonia shall not only be free, but the colonial regime shall pay a heavy price for all these destruction after the revolution.
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