Unlike 2017, this year, Cameroonians have expressed indifference to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. No one seems to be talking about the what the head of the delegation is going to say in New York when he takes the floor to address the GA.
This year unlike others the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Lejeune Mbella Mbella is going to give a speech on behalf of President Paul Biya who did not travel to New York.
Last year, renewed mass protests broke out early morning on Sept. 22, (Friday), in major towns and villages across the north west and south west. The aggrieved population took to the streets with placards, whistles, peace plants and flags of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia.
The day marked a turning point in the crisis as security forces responded with bullets and teargas, injuring some protesters in Santa and Ekona in the North West and South West Regions. However, by press time, the reprisals had not deterred protesters as they moved to public places, hoisting blue-white flags and seeking to meet with administrative and traditional authorities.
The protesters poured out on the streets hours to the time president Paul Biya was scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly. Other Anglophone protesters put up similar shows at the UN headquarters in New York. President Biya however while addressing the UNGA, focused on the SDG’s.
One year later, the English-speaking regions of Cameroon are rapidly becoming a no-go zone. As the nation prepares for its presidential elections, thousands of residents fled to the country’s French speaking cities of Douala, Yaoundé, and Bafoussam, because they need to be safe.
Anglophone separatists have said that voting will not take place in the two regions on October 7.
Soldiers and separatists now exchange gunfire in these regions frequently.
Cameroon’s two minority English-speaking regions have been hit by almost daily unrest for the past three years that have left at least 400 dead this year, according to the International Crisis Group.