Cameroon Crisis and the Normalisation of Death

I can remember vividly the day I first saw a corpse. I was about 8 or 9 years old at the time, and heard that someone had died. I left, ran with my friends and went in to see. It was a police officer and he was dressed in his official uniform. When we got back, we were told to wash our faces with water to avoid seeing the corpse in our dreams. It was a rare occurence to learn that someone had died, but over the years all that has changed drastically.

Watching the above video, I was shocked at how casually, the young persons therein, were carrying corpses, some of which were their friends. This video is a clear depiction of how far Cameroon has degenerated during the reign of 86 year-old Dictator Paul Biya.

Over the last couple of years, English-Speaking Cameroon has seem so much death, that it is no surprise that kids now carry corpses around in the back of a pick-up truck as if they were some sort of fancy toys.

My heart bleeds for my country. My heart bleeds for the country that was once known as “Africa in Miniature” because of its amazing riches. My heart bleeds as I watch helplessly and see my country slump into the morass of conflict that has engulfed most of Africa.

Death has been normalised in Cameroon, in the same way corruption, nepotism and lack of governance and development. I fear for the future of these children, I fear for the future of Cameroon.

Activists Became Uninvited Guests at CommonWealth Day Celebrations in London: Hold Cameroon Diplomats Hostage

London: March 13, 2017; The CommonWealth Day Celebrations lost all the flair and pomp planned for it because of West Cameroon activists who stormed Westminster Abbey where the Queen and all representatives of CommonWealth Countries were present.

Carrying a coffin draped with the Cameroon flag, they chanted demands asking for the liberation of West Cameroon. They declared their willingness to die for the struggle if something was not done to address the situation.

The highlight of the afternoon was when the Cameroon representatives tried to leave the venue before others. Activists chased their car towards the House of Commons. By Divine providence, a red light stopped the Diplomatic car, giving activists the opportunity to catch up and rain more embarrassment on those inside. The London Met Police and the Secret Service could only watch as there was little do to stop the protesters.

Later that evening, as all Commonwealth dignitaries were hoping for an evening of champagne, they were dismayed to turn up at the CommonWealth Secretariat only to find activists waiting with messages for the Biya regime. The then notorious coffin had also taken its place at the CommonWealth Secretariat.

It is worth remembering that this is the third visit to the Commonwealth Secretariat. The first of which saw a petition handed to the Secretary General, Patricia Scotland QC, demanding a suspension of Cameroon and the second during which an official made a vague promise to do something to ameliorate the situation.

The shadow of the protest cast a gloom over the evening dinner as more police officers were called to assist with policing the evening.

The evening reached its peak when the Cameroon representatives could not leave the event while their counterparts were going.

Dispute pleas from the police, protesters insisted that unless they saw the car of the Cameroon Diplomats they were not going to leave the venue.


Late in the night, when it was ascertained that the Cameroon representatives had been smuggled out of the venue in the cars of other diplomats… the coffin left its post. BUT with a firm promise to back.

Many of the dignitaries showed interest in understanding the plight of the protesters with some asking for further information and sources from which to find out more.