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Calm has returned to Manyu, villagers can return, Minister says

Akwaya- Manyu, Cameroon:

The Cameroon Minister of defense Joseph Beti Assomo says villages under the secessionists rule have been recaptured and that refugees could not return to their villages as security forces dispatched there have fought and defeated them.

The Minister was in the South West Region in Manyu during this New year as he met with the military forces as they jointly watched the president of the Rep of Cameroon Paul Biya deliver his New year speech.

The Minister and Military officials said their actions chased everyone from the villages but for two lwomen who could not escape due to their inability to do so based on health.  One village of close to 2000 Inhabitants as they were chased completely out to neighboring Nigeria, the forest and bushes.

They claim their action was in response to the video that circulated online about the Ambazonian Defense Force (ADF) headed by the commander in chief Cho Ayaba. The images were shot in a building  Dadi in Akwaya- Manyu Division. This according to the Minister is the reason the population had to go through much pain of many lives and property lost.

It should be recalled that this action was first prompted by the head of state Paul Biya upon his return from the Africa-EU summit in Ivory Coast when he declared war on the people of Manyu for death of 4 Military and 2 police men upon arrival at the Yaounde-Nsimalen airport.

The SDO for Manyu later issued an order asking that more than 16 villages be evacuated for the impending doom. This led to world wide exposure of the pain inflicted by the Government on its citizens. A contrary communique immediately and later came from the Governor, referring to the SDO’s order as fake but the evidences against the regime were already documented and shared even by some human rights organizations. The case was alarming on the social media as it went far and wide.

For the Minister and his Top Military officials to declare that they waged a war because of the video by Cho Ayaba that did not start any war is another exhibition of bad faith, manipulation and Government’s continuous use of military force to suppress the genuine grievances of Southern Cameroonians. Asking the villages to come back to destroyed and burned homes is interpreted by many as another ploy to arrest and inflict more pain on the citizens. With the Cameroon flag flying over Dadi, after pulling down the Ambazonian flag, the military believe they have won the war. The casualties of the military in the war is not being reported. There are fresh sporadic shootings today in Mamfe, yet they claim to have captured the territory.  Only time will tell.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

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Bamenda: Positive outcome of Archbishop Kleda’s trip to SWR & NWR

Positive Outcome of Bishop Kleda’s Tour:
Archbishop Kleda’s trip might be a positive one:
For him to have admit that the radio and Tv has been spreading lies, and that he found the truth himself is enough reason for him to have made that trip. It might help him when writing the next letter.
The question is? How come, of all the & dioceses, Kumbo Diocese was left out, What did the people of Kumbo do this time around:
The Intervention of Mgr Lafon patrick and Hon. Jua were timely and fearless.
Another opportunity for the regime to start a fresh dialogue.
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http://sheytatah.dk/bamenda-positive-outcome-of-archbishop-kledas-trip-to-swr-nwr/

A lot of ink has been spit on the on-going tour made by the National Episcopal Council of Cameroon (NECC) president  Archbishop Kleda Samuel of the Douala archdiocese. The trip was a follow up to the letter he signed on behalf of the bishops to convince catholic bishops and other institutions get schools to resume in those regions and call off the strike. The meeting ended today with the Archbishop visiting 4 Dioceses out of 5 with Kumbo being the only one left out. Reason for this is still unknown.

The first visit in Buea on the 2nd on May as reported by Fr Niba Herbert couldn’t start until the arrival of the Governor who came with heads of all services (police, brigade, gendarme, procurer general, Mayor, GCE board registrar, & 3 of the people who took the Bishops to court. “Over 25 man entourage and the Governor finally became MC of the meeting, (appointing who to talk, ordering the drafting & signing of a communique.” He said.

At the end of the meeting it was reported that ” The Bishop of Buea Mgr Bushu Immanuel  was resolute about maintaining the status quo until a frank dialogue with the state was initiated and that The Bishop went further to say he and others had done their best by keeping their schools open but that the solution could be sought in the hands of Southern Cameroons Parents”

The case of Kumba and Mamfe needless to belabored as the Archbishop met with the same results and resistance as the parents did not only get angry in Kumba , Mamfe Bishop Called for calm and challenged the Mayor to be the first to bring his kids to schools as the Catholics schools never were closed.

Meanwhile that of Bamenda was the peak of the tour as Archbishop Kleda came face to face with reality not only in words but in the field as he convinced himself that not only Catholic schools did not resume but the Government schools as well.

Although nothing was mentioned about the reactions from the Archbishop of Bamenda yet, the main headlines and echoes were those of MGR Patrick Lafon of Nso Origin. He is the former Secretary General of the Bishop’s Conference of Cameroon, Mgr. Patrick Lafon, and present Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Cameroon, CATUC, Bamenda, He vehemently vomited out that the Bishops should be honest and state clearly what they need which is Federation and that asking for Federation was not a Taboo in Cameroon.

Then came the powerful intervention from Hon Jua Paulinus; ” We know the problems but because of greed we don’t want to accept.The Francophones don’t love their children as much as we love ours.If there is no genuine dialogue I can assure u your Grace that you will not have any solution. You are not more Cameroonian than us. If you care you bring all the armies from Yaounde here to Bamenda we will not send our children to school.”

The PTA president of St Paul’s college Nkwen thrilled the crowd as well as an orator, as he hammered on the aspect of fear they experience. He quoted that since he completed primary school in the early 60s up till date, he has never seen a situation where military has to be deplored for people to study. He said this is another reason many children do not want to go to school, as such, all military people should return to the barracks. His speech lasted 2min 25secs but was rich in substance.

It was only at this point that Archbishop and his delegation saw the whole picture painted in their brains. It is reported that “they were shocked that as opposed to what is read over radio and shown on TV, even the government schools in NW and SW  still remain closed.Hammering that lies telling should not be part of the media”

The worries are…Shall the delegation continue to an unannounced trip to Kumbo? Have they had enough information that going to Kumbo might be of less importance? Did someone advise them not to come to Kumbo? What did they say about the Kumbo people? The mystery behind this “forgotten” diocese in the Bishop’s tour shall soon be unveiled.

It is hoped that the facts gathered by the NECC President shall open was to fresh dialogue and that the Regime shall know the truth and accept the situation while seeking a lasting solution.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

 

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Cameroon student Sent out of Denmark for working a lot

This may sound like a fairy tale to some of us especially those who have never traveled out of their respective countries to face the realities on the ground. Majority of such always think that things are done the same way as in their own countries. A real but pathetic story, one that can pose a million dollar question. This “Super student” as is being referred to in Denmark was supposed to work 20 hours a week but worked 21.5 hrs. An extra 1.5hr . He has been punished for that.

Marius You

Marius Nteguem Youbi that you see on the image above is a Cameroonian that came to Denmark to further his studies. In the course of his studies, Marius came face to face with the realities and the challenges of being a foreign student, paying fees, house rents, other bills etc in one of the world’s most expensive country Denmark. Marius being a smart, Intelligent and hard working guy decided to look for a job to handle and face these challenges.

Denmark until the last 2 years used to give foreign students the opportunity to work for 15hours per week to assist them in their stay and studies but raised to 20 hours recently. These hours for a student from a poor background can only permit a him or her afford a little room in the student hostel while feeding, fees, and other responsibilities are at the mercy of God.

marius Youbi

Marius picked a job to sustain his stay without being dependent on the Danish Government which according to some was 21.5Hours a week, little did he know that this was a trap set for him. Marius had actually “broken” the Danish law for working One and a half (I.5hr) hour illegally. For this reason and no other, Marius was asked to leave Denmark despite all odds.

Marius until today was a student of Aarhus University (Aarhus is the second city in Denmark) studying in a town called Herning. Despite the job Marius kept, he never was affected by his studies in any form. He was and remained the first in his class even during the crisis. He hailed the Flag of Cameroon very high as one of the greatest countries in Human resources.

When His school learnt of the decision by the Danish Immigration Law, Two exams were pending at that time and they decided to Organize them for him. The Danish system of education is organized into point system (character) unlike in the UK where percentage is used. It starts from Zero to twelve (0-12) where 0 is F and 12 is A or A+. Example of their grading system is as follows

12=A, 10= B, 7=C, 4= D, 2=E, 0=F and -2=U

I am stating this not because i studied in the same system but because i want you to look at how some people do not value Gold. Marius went in for the first Exam and came out with a 12, an A+. The school could not understand this and called for the second exam, he got in again and struck another 12, Then the third exam about 2 weeks ago he was called to the semester Exams. At this time the Danish Media had become interested in the case and even waited outside to meet this genius of a Marius. When he came out of the exam room, he was surprised to see TV MidVest waiting on him. He had kept another record with the 3rd 12 (A+).

Here is  Video on one of the Danish media meeting this Great Hero from Cameroon and to tell you that he speaks danish like someone born there when he has only spent months. Some us who spent years there can not even speak a quarter of what comes out of his mouth especially with that danish accent.

Marius & Exams

Marius himself was so happy that he could not describe his success, he said he felt like a football player that had won the world cup despite all the crisis and challenges.

The school authorities after deliberations decided to hang on his case, that such a student could not be sent out without completing his studies. They contacted the Immigration office and even the Danish foreign minister to no avail.

http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/artikel/17000-underskrifter-marius-boer-blive-i-landet

Thousands (17,000) of Danes and students signed petitions against the decision but failed. Some of the comments made by some danes were even aggressive to their country as a whole but as we say, No one is above the law. This is one of the cases being proven.

Lyn

Christina Lyhne whose comment was liked by thousands of people said “Håber politikerne snart forstår alvoren i det her… Vi udelukker simpelthen den gode arbejdskraft, for at have plads til forbrydere.. Godt du holder hovedet højt!!” Paraphrasing, She hopes that politicians will understand how serious this is, how the country rejects experts and open doors to criminals.

Last Tuesday 5th Jan 2016, a demonstration was organized in Herning where more than 300 Danes came out to fight for this engineer student with the main opposition leading party leader in the town taking part and giving a talk. Our victim Marius was also available where he thanked all for their support. This was to force the Danish Government reverse the decision still to no avail. There is a link in Danish for the demonstration…

http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/artikel/marius-om-demonstration-stoetten-betyder-alt#player

This morning Marius stood at the Billund International with his sister to quit Denmark, was this for good? Marius himself promised the sister that he will be back maybe after three months as he has to apply again from start. It takes usually at least 3 months to handle a student application and it is the hope of all that Marius be given a chance to go back and complete his studies which he already paid for.

http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/artikel/nu-forlader-marius-youbi-landet

What has Marius achieved for foreign students? A lot has been achieved but if there is one thing that i have to mention it is because i feel proud as a Cameroonian and one that went through a similar situation though not sent out but left with a huge debt as i could not afford my fees and had to put my family and family into huge debts and loan that will take years to pay. There are many of us, some lucky ones like Romeo Ellad and our elder sister Birka Angeline were only fined but not sent back home. The question now is, why was he not fined? The answer again is mingling in the air. But to come back to one Great achievement Marius had brought to foreign students in Denmark is the fact that the Minister has agreed to look into the law again. This might brought some hope to millions of tuition students embarking on a similar journey.

Food for thought:

We should understand that going abroad is not a solution to our family crisis completely. One never knows the reasons why foreign students break rules, is it to survive? is it to provide for family back home? Keep and maintain friends?  The pressure we put on some of these students abroad can end up frustrating them more. We should give them the chance to study and either come back home for a job or get a job where they have studied before we expect from them.

Marius says this before leaving Denmark “I have lost all”. We all know what he meant but to me he has achieved a lot. He has also shown how strong some of us Africans are, by combining work and school to survive yet we still beat the most happy people in the world (The danes) in academics. This only exposed the ugly part of the country that is looked upon as a “Paradise”

More to follow

Shey Tatah Sevidzem (Wo Scandy)

 

 

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