Where did we go wrong - How anglophone experiences shape their resistance

12932760 10153419222392116 874670484497079257 nAs a young man living in a small dusty and muddy village in Cameroon, South West region I had no idea about the rights to self-determination. Apparently, this concept seemed foreign to me at the time because we were politically blinded by a system that systematically kept us away from the political realities and history of the United Republic of Cameroon. Although our 'civics' education taught us about the political transitions that took place between La Republic du Cameroun and English West Cameroon, a lot was hidden from us about the political realities that transpired to the unification of the two political blocks. This hidden reality was not a coincidence but was designed by La Republic du Cameroun with the help of their former colonizer (France). This was incidentally meant to prevent us from the realities of self-determination. We were blinded not because we (English Speaking) are ignorant, but because our blindness was a reflection of Anglo-Saxon cultural heritage - no conflict with your neighbor. As time went on, our anxiety to follow suit with our anglo-Saxon system that was in place before reunification with La Republic du Cameroun was indisputable.  As I traveled from one school, university, village, town, city, country to another my inherent experiences of how political systems interact with each other were shaped in different ways. I can't recall whether I had ever thought of how different humanistic relationships (whether political or not) could be used as a springboard to oppress a people. I only realized this when I found myself in foreign countries. It is indisputable that the reunification system in Cameroon was designed to appease, and at the same time perpetually enslave anglophone Cameroon. 

Anglophone Cameroon (Ambazonia) have been subjugated for too long and has consistently asked La Republic du Cameroon for a minimum of respect in a peaceful way to manage and dissect the complexity of their linked relationship in other to galvanize their different cultures and experiences in the context of prevailing circumstances. Learning from experience, anglophone Cameroonians went on the street in 2016 in the context of peaceful demonstrations to ask for the minimum. La Republic du Cameroun choosed to engage with the demonstrators (especially students) in a brute, barbaric and dehumanizing manner. What La Republic du Cameroon failed to understand was that people can be deceived sometimes but they can not be deceived all the time. The experiences of deceit from La Republic du Cameroon has shaped anglophone Cameroon (ambazonia) resistance.  The conflict going on today is not between amba boys and La Republic du Cameroun military. It is between La Republic du Cameroun military and an idea (anglophone as a culture) that has been subjugated for too long. You can't win a war when you are not with the people, and you can't win a war when fighting against an idea. Any society becomes resistant to any unforeseen through experience. La Republic du Cameroun went wrong by undermining anglophone experiences in their long-standing relationship. The war will not see the light at the end of the tunnel in the nearest future because the idea of self-determination is already ingrained in the minds and souls of the youths of Southern Cameroon who are now used to seeing their brothers, mothers, fathers, loved ones killed on broad daylight by a military that is supposed to protect them. In the future, many young people will recount horror stories about their lives - lives that began in little huts built in the forest when their parents escaped from the brute of La Republic du Cameroon. Some of these young people were apparently born in these little huts in the forest with no medical care. This is how an idea of resistance perpetuates - La Republic du Cameroun still has time to rethink. Many rebels around the world became rebels because of past experiences.

Last edited: 2021-11-22

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