Saturday, December 28, 2019

CCMN Gets 8 chapters and a New Organigram

Members of the Cameroon Community Media Network, CCMN Northwest met in a meeting dubbed a Restitution Program on December 28th 2019,in Bamenda.

The meeting had as agenda to abreast members with the developments reached at a workshop, which took place in Buea and gave birth to the National bureau, with focus on the constitution and Chapter Branches. 

The Training of Trainers workshop for focal points,  gave birth to new positions like, Regional Coordinator
Secretary General, Project Officer and Communication Officer, Taking off the office of the Regional Vice President. 

  • Secetary General, CCMN Northwest,  Pedmia Shatu.

National and Regional cordinator, CCMN

Other offices like Communication office and Program Officer will be implemented in April 2020 when the Project will begin it's second phase. 

For National Office, Kum Leonard is the Communication and Public Relations Officer, Mrs Njayou Mariama from the West Region as Project Officer, Rachiatou from the North as Financial Officer and Confidence Yannick from the Southwest as Secetary General.  

Madam Rosaline Akah Obah emerged National Cordianator for the Cameroon Community Media Network, CCMN for Cameroon who also doubles as Regional Cordianator for the Northwest, Pedmia Shatu as Secretary General for CCMN Northwest.
CCMN saw it's birth through 8 other Branches except for the South and East Regions, that were Left out. According to the Updates from the CCMN Training of Trainers workshop,  the main objective for creating other chapters, is to encourage  Journalists to engage in the Peace Process and Promote this,  through their different media platforms.

The institution  of these chapters will according to the General Overview given by the Vice President of CCMN Northwest, lay ground work for the National Bureau, that will be examining challenges of the Community Media Sector of the CCMN in Cameroon. 

The Constitution amongst other points, maintained that registration for Members into the CCMN stands at : Students pay 5000frs,  Individuals pay 10,000frs and Media houses Register at 15000frs. An idea,  welcomed and applauded by members of CCMN Northwest.  


Journalists Convoked To Be Development Agents

Over 35 Journalists in Bamenda have been trained on humanitarian  Reporting and Security Safety of Journalists within the Crisis, a workshop scheduled  for December 27th 2019.

The training takes place at a time when the Northwest and Southwest Regions are going through the Humanitarian phase of the ongoing Armed conflict, that plagues both Regions for about 4years.

Journalists have engaged in humanitarian reporting, besides the crisis reporting that had been top on the agenda for different news rooms.But, the training grooms more on some principles to be considered while embarking on humanitarian reporting and the character which Reporters should have while doing so. 

Mr Fonyuy Kiven Franklin, a Public Information  Officer at the United Nations Office for Cordination of Humanitarian Affairs, facilitates in the workshop to school Journalists within the Cameroon Community Media Network on Humanitarian  Reporting and Security/Safety of Journalists. 

He talks about Journalists being able to play the role of early warning: to collect, analyse and defuse target info on factors that could prevent a crisis situation.

"In other countries, international conventions on the protection of journalists in times of conflicts are strictly respected but in Cameroon, in the course of the ongoing crisis where both parties violate almost every international law, don't carry ur jacket and put on, hang ur batch and go to the field thinking you'll not be targeted." Mr Fonyuy Franklin said. 

According to him Journalists should be unpredictable because "a dead Journalist is of use to no one" and cautioned that in Crisis situation, Journalists should pay attention to the dressing code, which is inline with security/Safety Measures.

The facilitator adviced that in Humanitarian Reporting, the dead should not be a priority in the Reporter's news report, rather focus should be on affected communities and the Journalists reporting should play the role of a Development Agent. 

The Regional Cordinator, Mme Rosaline Akah Obah was very pleased with CCMN members who contributed to lessons gained from the facilitator, which according to her was a positive sign and one of the successes of the training during the phase of the crisis in the Region. 

She acknowledged the participation from those in attendance and prayed that more contributions be done through productions of programs, which will go a long way,  to fulfill the goals of the Project, inspire other CCMN chapters and also give rise to new projects.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Opinion Leaders Get Empowered To Combat GBV in Society

Women Leaders and Traditional Rulers have met in a workshop organised by CHRAPA, Center for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy on December 5th, to empower themselves in combating Gender based Violence in different Communities. 

The workshop is organised as part of activities of the 16days activism to improve on the protection of women and girls, launched on November 26th 2019, under the theme "Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape".

The Project funded by the United Nations Women, with support from the Italian Government,  aims at combating Gender Based Violence, support IDPs, IDP host Communities and Gender based Violence Survivors. 

Tatanos Berinyuy Nelson, is the Coordinator for CHRAPA and is in charge of coordinating the Project which to him will create a pathway to combat GBV in a holistic approach. 

"The workshop is an activity within the project where we continue of the 16days activism, a period internationally placed by the UN organisation whereby Human Rights activists organisations, individuals and communities, work to combat GBV in Communities. The activity is organised to bring women leaders, heading groups and activists on the ground to initiate a pathway to address GBV issues in  Holistic way".Nelson Tatanos, Cordianator, CHRAPA. 

Participants benefited from knowledge on GBV, and learnt about the common forms GBV prevails in the Northwest Region, during the ongoing armed Conflict. A traditional leader from Mbengwi sub Division, Barrister Teghen in momo, thinks that the workshop is timely.

"we are fortunate to be part of this program where we are schooled on GBV, that exist in our community, and has increased due to the prevailing situation in which we find ourselves, we have been educated to be the ambassadors  that will Conscientize our people on GBV, denouncing practices like Rape, Assault and we also enumerated  issues that can help curb it". HRH Gonna Teghen.

" Some men will retrospect on bridesprice that gives room for GBV practices, female genital mutilation and breast ironing, practices repugnant to justice, equity and good conscience. I think that as a follow up, we must use our traditional  Council's and lay the role to stop this malpractice". He added. 

Madam Lilian Akwen is founder and CEO of Aspire Women Empowerment  and Development Organization(ASWEDO), she thinks that organising workshops with other communities and sensitizing them will be another way to fight GBV. 

"We as women and female leaders, we have learnt alot  on how to go about on GBV related issues,  we can work with different opinion leaders in communities to better fight the aspects of GBV especially  for areas where the act is committed  ignorantly and high because of the ongoing crisis, the workshop has empowered us with knowledge  to sensitize more".Madam Lilian. 

16days of Activism against Gender based Violence,  runs from November 25th to December 10th every year,  an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.


CBC Health Services Trains Young Advocates for Better Health Care

Over 60 Young Advocates have graduated from the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services(CBCHS), on December 7th 2019, to better raise awareness amongst the population to adopt healthy lifestyles. 

These Youths from different works of life have gained skills through a training session provided by the CBCHS from August 20th to December 6th, which provided them with the ability to better sensitized the population on Non Communicable Diseases(NCDs).

The General Supervisor for NCD Prevention  and Control  Program with the CBC Health services, Dr.  Epie Njume says the Unit took interest in training these Youths on NCDs because the burden of NCDs are high, given the prevailing situation  in the Northwest  Region.

"The CBCHS has noticed following the patients' attendance, the plight raised is mostly about NCDs which is on the rise and the burden is high. This is inline with the global trends which makes these NCDs on the rise. " Dr Njume. 

The just ended Young Advocate  for NCDs Prevention and Control 2019, aims at involving and engaging  youths to fight against NCDs, reason why the unit trained Youths between  18 and 35years.

The program coordinator  says the youths proved their worth during the training exercise through their Assessments.

"we gave the youths information  in NCDs, risk factors and also build their capacities  in producing projects that can impact the lives of the people in the community  to prevent NCDs, and help orientate those already living with NCDs" Dr Epie Njume. 

"we hope as the training ends,  they have learnt a lot which reflected in their assesmment and we also had them design projects which can be funded and executed as early as next year" he added.

The Young Advocates for Prevention(YAPs) of NCDs received Certificates and amongst them, 7 YAPs received prizes for the competition  they put up during the training and stand out in their commitment.

Sere Wepnwi Boris says she wasn't frightened about what she will be facing during the training and gradually felt the need for the skills she will be getting. 

"I was frightened when coming to train myself, because looking around I saw many young men or boys, turning into drug addicts, because of the ongoing Armed conflict in the region with the effects visible on the youths, but I think we cannot judge them, but draw them closer and find out what reasons they decide to put up with such attitude" Noria said. 

"I work with alot of guys that drink and I think the training has given me skills to help them out of the situation and I also call on all who can support youths out of such behaviours of smoking, drinking slot, to do well to help" She added. 

Chesami Valerie says social media has made it easy for messages to get across many people, especially those in the interior and that it can be a great tool in advocacy.

"The Environment  is not conduisive considering the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions,but we still have to do what we need to do to reach the people,we have been trained and given skills to advocate for prevention against NCDs and with the social media we can use it as a tool to reach out to many people,ans be there for them when they need us" Valerie  said. 

" we need to beef all the difficulties to reach the people, because it is a matter of life, health and a good environment  which is worth fighting for" he added. 


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Social Media was meant To Connect Friends, Not fight War, says Colbert Gwain

Some Journalists,  tagged Digital Rightists have participated In a brief work session on November 25th 2019, to express interest in bringing Youths across linguistic  and cultural  lines together, as part of the Internews Project,  the Dialogue  Now Campaign. 

The Rightists met for an activity within the framework of the Dignity Television Project, which has as objective to reach out to Youths and Communities, to bridge the gap and overcome the challenge face in Communication, enforcing the tolerance Syndrome. 

The CEO of the Project, Dignity Television,  Mr Colbert Gwain says there is need for making good use of the internet to realise sustainable Development Goals. Highlighting the importance  of Communication  between internet users and also adressing the difficulties faced by some users communicating with those  they don't agree with. 

The workshop served as a clarion call for users to carefully choose what to post online, and verify what kind of information communities should be fed with. Accepting criticisms  of users and be Digital Right models to be cautious about content shared online. 

" we are the most connected generation  yet the most divided, in terms of Religion, culture, language, tribe. we need to understand  why this, and overcome the challenge. " Colbert Gwain, Digital Rights Advocate  and Owner of the Dignity Television  Project. 

He makes strong statements about the Bill passed in parliament against Hatespeech, and say,Digital Righters should sign a petition against it. 

"why should the Government be posting a bill on social media activism, adressing structures  that are not available. putting a Digital Rights Bill, with no Bill protecting internet in Cameroon. Government  did not provide social media but has as a responsibility to accompany  every Cameroonian to realise fully their potential  in this Domain ".He added

According  to the Project Owner and CEO of the Dignity Television  Project, the mustard seed will Be legalized, when the problem plaguing the Northwest and Southwest Region must have been laid to rest. Having its network spread across Cameroon,because most people are going  digital and by this the Project will record a success. 

Accompanied by Mr Blasuis Charles and Madam Roseline Obah, who played roles to facilitated the session on Peace Dynamics and hatespeech, participants gained knowledge on the violation of Human Rights on the online space also know  as digital Rights, and to handle the reactions of perpetrators maturely in order to have a conflict free community. 

"we have been carrying out slot of Campaigns, slot of capacity building, creating awareness over the media so that people look at conflicts in different  dimensions.workshops like this gives to for encouragement  so that people change the narrative,coinv together as one man to save this conflict " Madam Roseline Obah, CCMN President Northwest and West. 

"This begins from affirming that we have differences,respect them and transform them in construvtive ways. Value negative responses online or offline,  educate them and this will in a way deescalate the conflict".She added. 

Participants  engaged in an exercise with Madam Rose Obah who is also a trainer in Conflict transformation, instilling in them knowledge on how to manage conflict and resolving conflict amicably. 


Mr Blasuis Charles, says there must be caution implored before posting content online.

"let us be responsible  in our social media platforms in connection  to hatespeech and be cautious on what we post,becauss the content will be traced. To combat hatespeech, we must educate those promoting it, to edify them. If we ignore them, the impact can be huge on users. " Mr Blasuis Charles, Consultant and facilitator.

All hands raised against  cyber bullying as Digital  Righters continue to put efforts together to fight negative responses online or Offline, genuine to contribute in deescalating  the crisis  plaguing the Northwest and Southwest Region. 


Population Urged to Work In Synergy with Hysacam to Secure A Clean Environment

The Management of Hysacam has embarked on a clean up campaign exercise on November 24th 2019 after some irregularity due to the prevailing situation in the city of Bamenda.

The Exercise dubbed "Operation Keep Bamenda Clean", calls on the people of Bamenda to cooperate in the sanitation aspects of the city, as the Director of Hysacam Mr Zaumu Joseph tells the Press that 2019 has been a year filled with challenges. 

Many people In Bamenda have encountered difficulties coping with the odour oozing from the heap of dirt, piled at major junctions within the town and traders selling around the refuse dump or trash cans confirm that they have had health challenges. Though a refuse dump, it was a habitat for some mental people within the town. 

Some of the traders around the Nkwen market cried foul about the challenges they faced due to the pile of dirt around their market place, which had occupied a good space creating Inconvinience with road passage, which resulted to customers to move further  away from the area of dirt  to purchase their goods.

"The dirt became an convenience for us, gradually passage for vehicles was no longer there, Business was slow, water sometimes will run from the heap of dirt down to our market place. Seeing this men in their work attire this morning coming to pick up the dirt is a relief",A woman selling at the Nkwen Market. 

" The stench from the dirt has caused some health challenges which I have deviced a few preventive messures to stay healthy. we have not been able to mobilize to carry the dirt or dispose of it because the town is littered with dirt and everywhere is filled. We pray that Hysacam has come to stay, especially during this festive period, because by carrying this dirt, we will have enough space to exhibit our goods and customers will buy freely." A Man, selling at the Nkwen Market. 

The Director of Hysacam,Mr Zaumu Joseph says there has been a challenge with the issue of Landtittles and this is one of the reasons for the irregularity in work. 

"2019 had been a troublesome year for Hysacam in Bamenda and we had series of events that has stopped us from irking sometimes. Reccomendations arrived at a session in July at the City Council, couldn't be examined due to the prevailing situation  in town. We had issues with Landtittles  that could not be exploited. " Mr Zaumu Joseph 

He raised the issue of the dumping site which according to him made work challenging. 

"A Municipal Order was signed by the Government Delegate indicating  we could use swamps in Mulang to dump but faced another challenge, then we went to Mbelewa, where we face another issue then we stopped. Mbelewa is the dumpsite earmarked in the contract and that is where we have gone back today. " He added. 

Managing dirt in Bamenda had become a great challenge for city dwellers, and Hysacam says they are not responsible to teach the public to manage their dirt, but the responsibility  of the Council to do so. Hysacam feels that with the coming of the dry season, aiborne diseases will spread faster and finds they need to clean the town. 

"Teaching the Community to manage dirt is not the duty of Hysacam, but the councils. Hysacam has as duty to collect garbbage from the People. With the Coming of the dryseason we feel the pinch of what the population  goes through,  flies everywhere  with airborne diseases, we find it necessary to start again and this time we home to carry out our duties  to the end of the year, hoping that 2020 will be better. " Director of Hysacam. 

The Director of Hysacam pleads with the population to accompany them in securing cleanliness within the city of Bamenda

Monday, November 25, 2019

IDPs In Bamenda Receive Aid while Expressing Feelings to Return Home.

Humanitarian  assistance has been received by over 400 famillies in the Bamenda, during a distribution excerise  done on November 22nd 2019 at The Governor's office.

The Distribution under the supervision of the Team from Yaounde, led by Mr Anchang Paul, closely assisted by the Chief of the humanitarian centre,In Bamenda, served displaced families with Matrass, buckets, blankets, Davon, oil, rice and the sum of 10,000frs as transport. 

The Humanitarian aid distribution  chaired by the Secetary General at the Governor's Office,  Mr Viang Mekala representing the Governor of the Northwest Region,  Adolphe Lele LAfrique, insisted that recipients must understand the message behind the distribution of these basics needs, provided by Government through the Ministry of Territorial Administration.

"You all must understand  clearly the message for the distribution  of humanitarian  assistance, it is a special kit from the Head of State,President Paul Biya, to give support and show compassion towards those affected by the ongoing armed conflict in the Region, so when receiving the aid, know that the Head of State is doing all to see to it that, the crisis ends. " Mr. Viang Mekala said. 

He urges them to make good use of the material received and refrain from selling any,as it may be the case with some displaced persons, seeking other means of survival.

The Chief of the Cordination Centre for humanitarian  assistance, for the Northwest Region,  is introduced to recipients, with reasons that more people visit the Governor's office seeking where to register for the aid but don't have information on directives.

These displaced persons are grateful about the support received from Government, yet, request that more be done, so that they can return to their different homes while smiling, to enjoy the Peace they long for.

"I am happy about the items received because we do not have  anything, we have been running from Noni and my Junior brother has been killed I'm the process. I need Peace and I wish that the crisis  ends, we are 8 In a house,  we barely manage to survive and sometimes, we drink Harris. " Miss Esther Bih, one of the recipients. 

A lady who's name The Guardian Post got as Judith, Is grateful recievig aid, yays emphasis on the anxiety to return to school and the reasons behind the recent frequent irregularities.

"I am grateful about the basic needs I have recieved, but am worried because I don't go to school on a daily basis.I plead on Government to assist us, take a step forward  so that we can go to school. Teachers receive threats on a daily basis, are being kidnapped and these are reasons why they are not regular on school" she said. 

" we are 6 of us in a house, we ran from Bambili to Ntasen and things were not getting any better before we settled at upstation, getting a place to live here was a greater challenge. We plead on the Government to Help us, we want to go home". Miss Judith added. 


Friday, November 22, 2019

Vigilante Groups Beckoned to Work with Administrative Authorities

The Governor of the Northwest Region, Adolphe Lele LAfrique,  chaired a Regional Coordination Security meeting on November 18th 2019, ahead of End of year activities and to ensure a successful implementation  of the electoral process.

The Administrative and Security Authourities review the situation within the Economic, Social, Cultural  and Security domain, to confirm that there are still security challenges  in some hot spots of the region. 

Inhabitants of the city could still get gunshots, people being killed and a timid atmosphere for some kids to return to school, and the Governor assures the population that there is a plan put in place to secure the Region during this end of year celebrations and upcoming municipal/Legislative elections. 

"Elections Cameroon assured us of measures being taken being taken before elections, some will be addressed at the local level and other concerns sent to the hierachy"The Governor of the Northwest. 

" I call on all candidates  and electoral to mobilize themselves under administrative  authorities  and use vigilante  Groups to ease the task of the security  services that are taking care of the city, and other remote areas. " He added. 

Though calm is returning gradually in some areas of the Region, the Governor continues continues to make the call, asking all Traditional Rulers and Elites to return to their home, so that the Peace process can be attained smoothly. 

NCPBM Moves Closer to the People in the Northwest Region

The National Commission for Bilingualism  and Multiculturalism has on Tuesday November 19th,visited the Northwest Region to identify a suitable premise and evaluate their office to host it's Regional  branch,expected to go operational in 2020.

Their mission to prospect for possible premise for the regional branch, is a decision that was arrived at as one of the resolutions of the first ordinary session 2019 chaired by its President H. E Peter Mafany Musonge. 

The National Commission created by a decree on January 23rd 2017, as an advisory  body with legal personality in financial autonomy, has existed and carried out functions at the level of the Nation's capital,Yaounde but has recently made a decision of making it's first stop in the Northwest  Region, following the emphasis laid by the Head of State,President Paul Biya during his new Mandate, to accelerate the promotion of bilingualism  and multiculturalism, as a means of living together. 

The Secretary General at the Governor's  office for the Northwest, Mr Viang Mekala says the Commission had long existed and it's establishment at the Level of the Region is only bringing the services closer to the people. 

"A letter received from Yaounde, asking the Governor to look for a place to lodge the national commission  for Bilingualism  and Multiculturalism, the Regional branch  will be installed at the Regional Delegation of Secondary Education, so as to make the services close to the population" SG said. 

"The Regional head and Staff will be installed in the days ahead and will start work, therefore the mission of the commission is to have effective  presence at the level of the Region".He added. 

Dr Che Asafor, Head of the national Commission says the
Delegation of Secondary Education facility, is befitting to host the office at the Regional level.

"The Authorities of the Northwest Region, The Governor,  has mobilized the services concerned to make an inventory of structures that can house the Regional Services of the National Commission for the promotion  of bilingualism  and multiculturalism. This structure had need to be lit in place, so that the office go operational in 2020." Head of National Commission 

Amongst the duties of the Commission, it is expected to Submit  reports to promote Bilingualism and multiculturalism as objectives  to the Head of State,  Monitor implementation  of both Languages  in all Sectors,  and also propose measures to Strengthen Cameroon's Bilingualism  and Multiculturalism. 

CCMN Transforms Lives in Communities through Peace Journalism

Members within the Cameroon Community Media network, have met in a network meeting on November 20th 2019 , under Peace Journalism and Conflict Transformation Project, of the Presbyterian  Church Cameroon,PCC,  to evaluate work done by Journalists since the conception in the Northwest and West Regions. 

The Evaluation meeting reviewed work done by Reporters within the network since June 2018 and this  autocritic exercise made Journalists  understand  the impact of their reports on the audience they serve. Though Journalist may have in a way contributed on escalating the crisis, the network meeting held to correct some of the errors made. 

The Project Manager,  Madam Roseline Obah appreciated Journalists within the CCMN for their different productions on Peace Journalism, that had in many ways impacted the lives of those whom they serve in their communities. 

Comments about the story angles chosen by CCMN members in their different  newsrooms, could not be over emphasized, because most of the stories reported on, were worries of those in the communities. 

"Members  of the network have been working the talk,  whatever they did as far as their reporting is concerned,reflected Peace Journalism and this had a positive impact on the community. " Madam Rose Obah,Project lead. 

She quoted stories of Refuse Management  and The Road Situation in Bamenda, while encouraging members to do a follow up on the stories already reported,  so as to meet the wants of the people. 

"CCMN members, who are Registered Journalists within the region,  have gone closer people, to talk with them, and this served as a therapy,  getting the issues that border people on a daily basis and reported on them through their different  media platforms.".She said. 

"Stakeholder,Government  Whosoever is involve will take action as a result of the Peace Reporting and this will contribute in deescalating the ongoing armed conflict  in the region." she added.

Stepping into Sustainable Development  Goals,  Madam Rose Obah's explains that material discussed is Peace and Community development  oriented.

"Most of the material discussed is related to Peace and on Community Development. Sustainable  development  goals can be attained once there is Peace,  and Journalists should fine tune their skills to act on these goals. " Project Lead. 

CCMN members are thankful about the impact of the Project shown their reports, as a way of contributing their on quota in the Peace Process. Miss Being Carine, reports with Moghamo Community radio  and says this project has an impact on their editorial Policy. 

"This Project has impacted our editorial policy because the media has been used as a tool for Peace, not for War,In broadcasting or running our programs, we have changed out diction so that the common man will feel the importance  of our reporting. " Miss Ndong Carine. 

Ambe Macmillian, a Reporter and owner of The Statesman, blog says the project has given room for Journalists to evaluate themselves.

"I think this project has helped to shape the output of my organ, comment from readers and the impression you get after reading your write up, the voices we did not usually consider are being reflected. The Project has given the opportunity  for Journalist to Evaluate themselves and see how they can contribute their own quota to peace and deescacalte the crisis. " Mr Amber Macmillian. 

CCMN has chapters in Northwest and West,but The Project Manager says Peace is a virtue for all, and cannot be deprived reason why other chapters will be opened in other towns in Cameroon, so that the Peace Project is well rooted. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Religious Leaders called to Differentiate Church Activities from Humanitarian work

 Over 100 Religious Leaders drawn from different church denominations from all 7 divisions of the Northwest Region have met in a 2day workshop, under the canopy of LUKMEF, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation, on November 15th 2019  to discuss and build a synergy between themselves and other bodies involved in the Humanitarian Phase

A program funded by UNICEF,  the workshop trains to help service providers within the humanitarian aid circle understand Humanitarian principles and standards according to international levels; the risk involved, Neutrality in report and transparency. Understanding Humanitarian response , UNICEF in the domain of intervention in the Northwest,  GBV and structures providing assistance in the different domains.

The presence of Organizations like United Nation, Local NGOs and International NGOs have been observed in the conflict hit zones in Cameroon, and these trainees will have need to understand the people they serve and their needs, before providing aid.

Eventhough churches are seen as safety ground for people in times of crisis, but some churches in the Northwest Region have turned to abuse their followers, using their weakness to enrich themselves. Mr Tanyi Christain , CEO of LUKMEF says working in a humanitarian aid domain shouldn’t be an air ticket to win more souls nor an evangelism exercise,  or crusade to get an increase in followers for their churches.

He throws  more light on the Principles guarding Humanitarian aid activities; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, and  independence, explaining that if a particular community benefits from the humanitarian basics provided,  the act bridges the principles guarding humanitarian aid. 

 LUKMEF adviced Religious Leaders to revamp Structures like njangi houses, cultural or social groups, still existing in different conflict hit communities, to instill hope and unity in the minds of the people.

A Press conference granted by LUKMEF questioned the practical modalities of all that was done theoretically and the security measures taken to protect the trainees while on the field.   Mr Tanyi Christian explains why the training was necessary,  during the humanitarian  phase  of the Ongoing armed conflict in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. 

“The engagement with the civil society was necessary given the crisis situation we find ourselves in, with over a million people affected, 34000 as refugees, more than 4000 people internally displaced, which is a call for a collective action. There is no association that can effectively respond to the needs of the people affected because their total needs are huge. There is need to improve humanitarian efficiency through proper coordination.” CEO  LUKMEF

“Engaging the religious bodies and traditional rulers is a priority, to have them integrated in a humanitarian response because faith based organizations are found even when a community is broken.  In terms of access, these religious leaders and Imams need to tell service providers what their communities need and how the needs needed will be to be handed. Within the framework of UNICEF’s intervention in the 2 English speaking regions, this international organization understands the roles religious , as well as traditional leaders can play in humanitarian response. UNICEF is embraced by,most humanitarian actors. Religious bodies have to be accountable and be at the center of the humanitarian response.

Mr Tanyi Christain CEO of LUKMEF Expects the religious bodies to understand and incorporate humanitarian principles in their weekly sermons, so that acceptance of humanitarian actors will increase and the rate of receiving the aid will be high.  what prompted the coming together in humanitarian activities, according to LUKMEF it is an activity including everybody and its survival mechanism put in place for sustainability of the initiatives ,Is according to what actors design.” CEO LUKMEF

Madam Ndiforba Schneider from Ramah Christian Centre says the training was timely. "I learnt that I should not engage in humanitarian  work based on politics, and that with Humanitarian  aid we must be neutral, impartial, helping all those suffering without considering their background. " She said. 

Madam Bouba, an Imam says peace ND unity is priceless. "I learnt that we should encourage brothers and sisters to live together and through this, these organizations  will find it easy to give aid to those suffering  in crisis hit zones" Imam. 

Mbofong Roys  from Christ Embassy under the campus industry says the knowledge acquired will be passed on to his peers. "As a servant in the church, the idea of Humanitarian  aid automatically comes in. The training is very beneficial, because I have learnt about humanitarian  aid principles and how to carry out the activity professionally".he said



Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Traditional Rulers,away from Peace Caravan Urged to Return Home


Peace Caravan Delegates have sat in a consultative administrative meetings with their  Respective SDOs on Monday 18th 2019, to discuss the way forward for the Caravan launch in their respective Divisions in the Northwest Region. 

All Divisional heads present except for Donga Mantung, who are expected to collaborate with their counterparts to ensure that the Peace Caravan initiative is welcomed and successful in all parts of the Northwest  Region. 

Most of these persons designated to lead the caravan in their respective hometowns, ahead of the municipal and legislative  elections, find the time frame too short to have prepared themselves to deliver the message to the Indigenous People. 

The Senior Divisional Officers for their respective Divisions, confirm with the Governor of the Northwest Region, about the ongoing ground work in their various jurisdiction and assured the Peace Caravan Delegates of maximum collaboration and security during the Divisional Launch. And that is waa our of question that forces of law and order pull back,  because they were versed with the situation on the field. 

Some of the Members of Parliament talk about the need to make Elites and Traditional Leaders to return home, an effective collaboration with them so that the Peace process will be smooth and guaranteed. According to Honorable Wallang Richard of Menchum Division, there was need for the Traditional  rulers to Poor libations of Peace.

For over 3years, within the Anglophone Crisis, many Traditional Rulers had fled their different villages and resided in the cities of Douala and Yaounde. Abandoning their palaces and people, without visiting back home and be present in times of their need. The question of how they travel back and get security guarantee in the crisis hit areas,  still lingers in the minds of those willing to go back home for field work

The Security challenge of accessing some of the Divisions or sub Divisions in Mezam, is a Major challenge for some of the Peace Caravan Delegates. The message meant for the People during the Divisional Launching is intended to calm the hearts and motivate those willing to do effective work on ground. 

Reactons from the Governor of the Northwest Region, opening and building files on those who prove resistant to the call for Peace, was welcomed by leaders of the Caravan for the Different Divisions. 

Honorable Banmi Emmanuel of Nkoketunjia, south Balikumbat says the time frame is too brief for preparations.
"I have received threats to me and my family, to me the time frame to prepare the launch for the Peace Caravan in the Division is too short, the possibility of mobilizing and getting People to talk to, before getting those to work with for an effective job to be done, is still uncertain." Talking in the meeting. 

Honorable Enwe Francis of Momo- West says members are not ready to go to the field. "Many of my members are giving Excuses why they cannot go to they field. As of last meeting till now, not up to 4 persons are willing to go" He said. 

Mr Akwa Patrick Kumbong is confident that with the ground work done in Wum, Menchum Division by The Mayor of the Wum Council and Honorable Wallang Richard, The Peace Caravan Delegates can have the opportunity to talk to the people.
"Wum is relatively calm, besides the thorn of threats we receive, we are obliged to do work expected by Government which we find necessary and important, to go to the people and use calm words, preaching Peace." Mr Always Patrick. 

"If I die in the hands of my people, it will be better, because I brave the odds to bring a message of Peace that will bring Development to my own People." He added.

Very much is expected from what will result from the Regional Launch of Major National Dialogue and from the Divisional Launch by Peace Caravans, though many are not convinced of meeting the people they should talk with.

Ndefru Melanie