The Nkafu Policy Institute at the Denis and Lenora Foreatia Foundation has been at the forefront, working with communities towards a community based approach to end conflicts in Cameroon.
The last workshop in 2019 has ended at the Mansfield Hotel in Bamenda North West region of the country with participants suggesting stakeholders should be able to speak of the truth so as to address the socio-economic, political and historical problems as well as an inclusive Dialogue that includes prisoners and separatists leaders.
Cameroon’s separatist conflict is one out of the three major conflicts the country is facing. The conflict that sparked up in 2016 when teachers and lawyers of the two English speaking regions staged protests against the central government in Yaounde over the francophone domination of the Anglophone culture. The conflict has escalated with over 4 million people directly affected. The Boko Haram conflict as well as the refugee crisis in the East region were some of the conflicts discussed during the Bamenda conference as well as other summits organized by the Nkafu Policy Institute
“We have decided to embark on a contemporary approach that encourages greater citizen participation in Promoting Peace in their communities ” Team Lead, Bar. Doris Agbor says in her opening remarks during the event in Bamenda
Development Policy Analyst, Egoh Modi Aziz led the discussions by a brief presentation of the facts on the current conflicts in Cameroon . This gave participants a general understanding of the situation and consequently sparked discussions on Solutions to these conflicts.
The over 25 participants drawn from the civic society, the media, the academia and traditional authorities while examening the conflicts also emphasized the role of the civil society and common sense solutions towards ending the conflicts
Source: Bantu Voices
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