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Our History

  • The Germans had Cameroon’s land but the French and British joined forces to remove the Germans
  • Cameroon was then split between Britain (20 %)  and France (80%)
After World War 1

  • An option was given to southern Cameroon to join French Cameroon or Nigeria
  • Ending southern vote to join french Cameroon
  • British southern Cameroon not allowed to be independent 
  • Became one nation with two official languages after its independence and a referendum in 1960
  • 160,000 people displaced and 20,000 have fled across  the border to Nigeria
Year: 1960

  • French and British have their own lands
Year: 1961

  • Anglophones were annexed in a united republic by the french
Year: 1972

  • The country was called a republic 
  • English speaking region assimilated with the french-speaking region
  • Francophones government took advantage of the English speaking dignity and statehood
  • Arise of discrimination on Anglophones 
  • Apparent division because the people were raised differently in terms of culture (British and French)
  • Marginalized culture of Anglophones (to the point that their way of living is different from before) to which they demanded respect
  • President Paul Biya was elected
Year: 1984

  • Lawyers went on a strike in an effort to force the government to stop appointing Francophone magistrates who spoke no English and had no training in common law to preside over courts in the Anglophone regions
  • Opportunities were given to the French
  • Demands are ignored by the government, and was met by force instead
Year 2016 - October

  • Teachers went on strike
Year 2016 - November

  • Violent clashes  erupted in Bamenda
  • Pastors published listings but the government accused them of fuelling the crisis
  • *** English speaking Cameroonians desire for federalism, the formation of an independent state called Ambazonia but the french government refuses to consider
Year 2016 - December

  • Negotiations with teachers unions and civil society collapsed, shooting of two civilians in Bamenda
  • Operation ghost town – Civil society leaders were arrested and schools closed, ghost towns and no internet access
  • President Biya created National Commission for bilingualism and multiculturalism as response to grievances
Year 2017 - January

  • More  publications released regarding the growing violence happening
Year 2017 - August

  • The ADF attack a military base in Manyu where three Cameroonian soldiers are killed.
  • Separatists carry out two bombings in Bameda: one targeting security forces, another, police officers
Year 2017 - September

  • President Biya  declared war against Anglophones because they carried armed attacks in November killing six members of security forces
Year 2017 - December

  • Because of the violations of Nigeria’s constitution, Nigerian authorities arrest 69 separatist group leaders and activists and deported them to Cameroon
Year 2018 - January

  • Following parliamentary elections in Cameroon. The conflict is reignited. The southern Cameroons Defense force, one of the separatist groups, call for a ceasefire in respect of the UN call for a COVID 19 ceasefire, but Ambazonia Governing Council (the largest separatist group), rejects the ceasefire request 
Year 2020 - March

  • After mounting international pressure, talks between leaders of the separatist groups and the government of Cameroon began
Year 2020 - July

The war goes on, causing lots of deaths and suffering in the country!