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For the first time in his life, Victor Obi believes that the only way to win freedom in Cameroon is with a gun.
"I don't want to die, but the only future is our independence, and they will not give it to us," said the student, whose name has been changed for his own safety.
The 25-year-old is camped out in a small Nigerian village just kilometres from his home in Cameroon where authorities have launched a crackdown on English-speaking Pro Independence groups.
"They killed my sister and my brother," said Obi, his voice heavy with hatred. "I have nothing to lose."
In December, Obi says soldiers invaded his hometown of Kajifu and started shooting indiscriminately at suspected Pro Independence groups, said to be running a major training camp in the thick equatorial forest surrounding the village.
Kajifu is located in one of Cameroon's two English-speaking regions that have been pushing for independence from the French-speaking elite who rule the West African country.
On October 1, Pro Independence groups declared the two regions as the self-proclaimed republic of "Ambazonia", marking a turning point for the country's English-speaking minority, which makes up around a fifth of the population.
Cameroon President Paul Biya dispatched troops, combat helicopters and armoured vehicles to root out the dissidents, forcing tens of thousands to flee to neighbouring Nigeria.
At least 26 soldiers have been killed in the violence, according to an AFP tally.
But the civilian death toll isn't known, with non-governmental organisations and independent media barred from the area.
Though the original Ambazonia leaders have dissociated themselves from militant offshoots - they claim their struggle is peaceful - there are a growing number of attacks against the government.
'Raise an army'
On Sunday, before a national youth day parade in Batibo, a town near the Nigerian border, a government official was kidnapped and his car was burnt in an attack claimed by Pro Independence groups.
Lucas Cho Ayaba, leader of the Ambazonian Defence Forces (ADF), took credit for the kidnapping, declaring: "You kill my people, we will chase you to the gates of hell."
The ADF, along with three other militias, represent the main groups which count more than 300 fighters, according to an International Crisis Group (ICG) estimate. There are also 10 much smaller but violent factions engaged in the conflict.
Few claim attacks and it's difficult to know exactly who is responsible, said ICG researcher Hans De Marie Heungoup.
"The main issue for Ambazonian groups is that they really lack finance," he said.
"If they had money to buy weapons, train and feed their people, they could raise an army."
But amidst the chaos, one thing seems certain: the crackdown has radicalised many English-speakers, among them the farmers and managers who have long felt marginalised by Yaounde but have never been interested in politics - until now.
'They are angry'
English-speakers in Cameroon have been marginalised for too long, said Pastor John Mbe, one of more than 33,000 refugees in Cross River State, Nigeria.
"Many people have died already, we can't go back home," he said, "young people may not have guns and bullets, but I can tell you they're angry."
A source close to the militants says they have adopted the guerilla philosophy of freedom fighters in Eritrea as well as that of Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
In Manyu, a region at the epicentre of the conflict, Pro Independence groups block roads with tyres and tree trunks to ambush and attack military bases.
The militants are armed mostly with homemade rifles, some Kalashnikovs, grenades and other improvised explosive devices.
The few sophisticated weapons they possess have been stolen from police stations.
As a result of the simmering violence, thousands of refugees are arriving in Ikom, a city just over the border in a Nigeria, raising fears that the conflict is spiralling out of control.
No formal fighter camp has been identified, but according to several witnesses interviewed by AFP, young refugees are performing black magic rituals to prepare for war.
They gather in small groups for "juju" ceremonies, during which they cut their foreheads and rub the bleeding wound with "magic potions" to make them invincible, said a Nigerian soldier who attended one of the ceremonies.
Their presence is a growing concern for Nigeria, an ally of Cameroon, which last month arrested and extradited 47 separatist leaders and deployed soldiers along the border.
Yet that hasn't stopped the rebels from launching attacks from Nigerian territory in recent weeks, according to security sources.
At the end of January, suspected Pro Independence groups detonated an explosive device at the Cameroon border post of Ekok, partially destroying an office.
"The truth is that many militants are hiding among the refugees, and they just cross the border at will through the forest," said Lawrence Asuquo, head of immigration at Ikom.
"They launch attacks on the Cameroonian army and they run back to Nigeria. It's almost impossible to track them."
with edits from Mbi James(Concord Newsdesk)
Isa Tchorima, Cameroon's controversial Government Spokesman has made the following pronouncements for Garoua:
The Head of State has announced the creation of the Faculty of Medicine for Garoua, a reference Hospital, a pool for the 2019 African Nations Cup, Hotels, roads, an International Airport, rehabilitation of existing hospitals and declared that a mega meeting shall be organised to say thank you to President Paul Biya.
Definitely Isa Tchorima has become more myopic and blinded by greed to assume that the afore mentioned social amenities are a gift to the people and not their right. It's high time that Cameroonians from all works of life should rise up and denounce political manipulation and deceit.
The state has its obligations as well as the population. The population owes the state taxes and the state owes the population all the social amenities mentioned above. According to Isa Tchorima, the purported leader of National Salvation Front for Cameroon announced that his party shall be participating in the forth coming Senatorial election. Despite the fact that his party his party doesn't have any Grand Councillors.
Isa Tchorima has been in the North of Cameroon since the 12 February of 2018. During his stay in Garoua , he will be visiting both the public and Private Radio stations to reassure the population of the forth coming Elections. " According to Isa Tchorima, nothing can disturb the forth coming elections in Cameroon..
I am confident that nothing shall disrupt the elections this year in Cameroon. I am convinced in capacity as the Government Spokesman, that all the necessary security measures have been put in place to assure that the forth coming elections take place in total peace in all the regions of Cameroon.
The Member of Government reassured the population that the said election are holding according to the Cameroonian Electoral calendar and that nothing shall disturb them from being held" The Zones under rebellious threats by armed militia are under control according to Isa Tchorima by the forces of law and Order" This is a false assertion because the realities on the ground and the noise made on microphone . According to Isa Tchorima, joining the band wagon for development, development shall come to the North, thanks to President Paul Biya.
The Director General of Customs have presented a positive balance sheet for 2017. Observed as highly positive by Fongoh Edwin Nuvaga, the Director General of Cameroon Customs. According to him, the custom's department saw an increment of 53.3 bullion francs as compared to that of 2016.
This according to the the Management of Customs, makes Cameroon Customs one of the most performing Custom's department in the Central African Sub Region according to the International Monetary Fund. This was revealed during the triennial observatory tours by the IMF in Cameroon. Haven realized 101 % of their previewed budget and a progression of 8% in relation of the previous returns of 2017.
This realization of this dream has been achieved thanks to the new vision of the Director General of Customs, Fongoh Edwin Nuvala. It's equally thanks to the social security and harmonious working climate heightened by social odialogue. Operating in a win-win scenario, completion has been heightened in order to catch up targets.
This achievement has as well been contributed by the contributions of Brasseries Du Cameroun SA, represented by its Director,Emmanuel De Tailly. This was during the 10th Cameroon Custom's Gala Night. Alamine Ousmane Mey, the Minister og Finance was so over joyed with the fall outs of the Custom's department and its partners.
He called for more effective and efficient management for more efficiency as well as effectiveness. In order to achieve this dream, he called for the fifth enterprise to join this collaboration and partnership. This hopefully will facilitate the realization of the 800 Billion francs previewed as the target for the Cameroon's Custom's department.
The people of Bambalang -kingdom in Ndop will on Sunday 18th February 2018 exhibit a rich custom at the cultural festival known as SHA'ATANG.
This year 's 85th edition will be presided by the Minister of Culture and Arts under the theme " Our dances ,heritage for cultural outreach "
Diplomatic missions accredited will be in Bambalang -Ndop to savor the undiluted culture of the people of Mbaw -yakum.
On February 14, 2018, seventeen companies operating in Cameroon received certificates which allow them to export 174 products within CEMAC without paying customs duties. These certificates were delivered by Cameroon’s ministry of commerce because those companies were declared eligible to CEMAC’s preferential tariff regime.
The State Of Cameroon in contention installed an Interim Sub Divisional officer by name Ernest Kwanzeh. The former Sub Divisional Officer Mr. Namata Marcel Diteng was whisked off from the grand stand in Batibo on the 11 th of February 2018 during the Youth Day celebration. Strangely accompanying the Governor and other Senior Divisional Officers, was the Prime Minister,Philemon Yang.
What was the role of the Prime Minister, Governor in the installation of a Sub Divisional officer? The Prime Minister, Philemon Yang has during this crisis dragged that ministerial portfolio into murky waters. Being manipulated and abusively used, has been demeaning to his person and personality. It's overwhelmingly shocking and ridiculous that the Governor of the purported North West Region, Mr. Adolf Lele Afrique , should be seeking for collaboration with the aggrieved, battered, maimed, illicitly kidnapped, illegally incarcerated people of Batibo.
The scouts of LA Republique Du Cameroun can't get even cold water to drink anywhere in the Southern Cameroon's because they are seen as enemies. Mr. Governor that appeal went to the wrong people and to wrong ears. The people of Southern Cameroon's aren't terrorist and must stop being illegally haunted down as terrorist. Even the Internal community now calls the struggle as a separatist movement and not secessionists because no union treaty exist anywhere.