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Southern Cameroonians have been patriots in the Cameroons








Maybe I was not clearer enough. Let me reiterate again and again. The struggle has never been and will never be Francophones vs Anglophones. However, this does not stop us from calling what it should be as it should be said. Somethings are good to say, and I will say it again, our communities must be caution against Francophones. It is a caution and that must be taken seriously. This advise goes to Southern Cameroonians living in both Cameroons. The facts are too clean to be seen.

Facebook and social media gives us a direct reflection on what can happen on the ground. Social media though a virtual world is a direct reflection of what can happen on the ground. This is not new. We have seen it over and over.

When you visit most Francophone blogs and social media accounts and you read what they post. If you read the comments coming from them. You will ask yourself if these are persons we have been living for the past 56 years. Don’t tell me those are just comments. Those comments and posts reflect exactly their feeling and translate exactly on the ground. Those comments reflect exactly what Francophones in their majority think about us. This is the hard truth whether we like it or not. Of course they are very few Francophones who are modernised, they share our pain and are very with us. These are just few with a host of Bamilikes. After all, I do not consider Anglo Bamis as Francophones.

The hatred spurring from their posts, blogs etc. The sarcasm from friends who are also Francophones are something that one cannot contain but God will bear us witness that we (Anglophones, Southern Cameroonians) have always been patriots, show love and concern. The examples are countless. A few.

1. The Eseka incident: We rose up like one man to support victims, we cried against the regime. We changed our profile pictures. We showed love because all lives are sacred. I, Mark Bareta caused my community where I live to organise a prayer session at Presbyterian Church where we prayed for all Eseka victims. Yes, we offered mass and this community is 99.99 Anglos. The same was true across the world

2. When Monique was brutally killed as a result of a poor child birth in Douala, there was no Anglophone who never stood up. What did we not do? Diaspora organised protest, we cried and every one on Facebook showed concern, change profile pictures etc. We stood against such acts.

3. When Boko Haram continues to cause havoc. It is the same Anglophone community who organised masses, supported the efforts. In fact, the Northern zone community in Anglophone Cameroon contributed more money to help fight Boko Haram than most of the French regions. We have stood as one people to fight Boko Haram.

In our case, for one year now we have been fighting for freedom. What have we received from Francophone community, their TV, News papers, radios, citizens, journalists, politicians etc are only insults and all type of names. Did any of their entity visited our people in jail? None. They have called us all type of names, labels etc. Why?because we are asking for our freedom? They do not care what goes on with us.

The climax of the issue is that since 1st October, lives have been lost in hundreds. Each day corpses are seen. My people no matter what our people stood for. Each Live is sacred and only God should take. The Francophone community in both Cameroons no matter the fact that they hate separation should not be happy and tolerated what is happening on our land. Have we seen any Francophone politician or party even their church condemning what is currently going on? No instead it is still our politicians and church which is condemning? Have we seen their radios, news papers condemning the wanton killings, harassment, etc of our people? No they do not.

Instead what are they doing? They are laughing and praising their military for mercilessly killing our people. They are praising Tchiroma and Paul Biya as national heroes. They are calling for more killings and attack on our people. We see it in their TV, Newspapers, Facebook and social media.

I said for one year now, the Francophones have NOT shown solidarity. They have not in all spheres and will not. We are on our own.

So please when some of us call the Francophone community out, we mean what we say. They are busy in Southern Cameroons acting as snitches. Colonial administrators are using them. You need to see the looks on their faces. Oh lord spare us.

Look at Spain, while the Spanish police confronted catalonians who came out to vote during referendum, the other part of Spain, the spaniards who wanted a unified Spain, despite their differences came out in their thousands few days ago to protest against their government as a result of police using force which never even took any lifes. The spaniards despite being against Catalonians considered the actions of the government against Catalonians who are expressing their freedom to be wrong. The Spaniards stood yes for justice, dignity and human lifes.

What do we see in French Cameroun? We see the opposite. Have they for once come out against the massive killings of our people? The abductions, the harassment, the treatment etc.

Oh give us a break about Francophones this and that. Who do they think they are? The facts remain. We will not attack Francophones, it is never our call. It is not a Franco vs Anglo but we must call them out when it is necessary and on our own part warn our people about them and for our people to be cautious. Do you want me to say we are 100 percent different people with Francophones by gene, and even how we think, eat and sex?


Mark Bareta

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