Yaounde, Cameroon – (African Boulevard News) – The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon took a dark turn as a group of 30 women were kidnapped by pro-independence rebels nearly four days ago in western Cameroon. This region has been bloodied for more than six years by a conflict between separatists from the Anglophone minority and the Francophone-led government.
The women, who had gathered for a prayer meeting in the town of Bamenda, were taken away in a commercial bus and are yet to be found. According to witnesses, the abductors were dressed in military attire and took off with the women in an unknown direction.
The act of kidnapping has been condemned by several human rights organizations, including the United Nations, which has called on all parties involved to immediately release the victims. In a statement, the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, expressed his concern over the safety and well-being of the abducted women.
“The Secretary-General calls for the immediate release of the abducted women and urges all parties to the conflict to avoid any action that could further escalate tensions and undermine peace efforts,” the statement reads.
The conflict in the Anglophone region began in 2016, as English-speaking Cameroonians expressed their concerns about perceived marginalization by the French-speaking majority. The separatist movement later gained momentum, leading to clashes with government forces and the displacement of thousands of people from their homes.
The situation in the region remains volatile, with frequent reports of kidnappings, killings, and other atrocities committed by both sides. The international community has called for dialogue and a peaceful resolution to the conflict, but progress has been slow.
The recent kidnapping of the 30 women has once again brought attention to the ongoing crisis and the urgent need for a lasting solution. It is essential that all parties involved in the conflict prioritize the safety and well-being of civilians, particularly women and children who are the most vulnerable.
In conclusion, the abduction of the 30 women in Cameroon is an unfortunate incident that underscores the need for a peaceful resolution to the Anglophone crisis. The international community must continue to put pressure on all parties involved to end the violence and prioritize the safety of civilians.