Cameroonian Artiste Launches Project To Help Displaced Children

Many children have become victims of the ongoing separatist agitation in Northwest and Southwest Cameroon. Displacements have forced them to be denied access to education.

Kareyce Fotso, a French-speaking Cameroonian artiste, has launched a project to cater to the needs of the internally displaced English-speaking children who are victims of the current separatist war.

The project will finance the education of several children internally displaced by the country’s separatist insurgency in the Northwest and Southwest regions.

Kareyce Fotso, with the collaboration of the humanitarian outfit St. Helene Foundation, will also finance the reintegration of several displaced victims of the Anglophone crisis.

In Nov. 2020,  Fotso called on President Paul Biya to do something to end the crisis.

“Where are you, father, Paul Biya? I condemn all killings in the Northwest and Southwest,” the artiste said in 2020 when she first raised her voice against the crisis. 

“I denounce without hesitation those who are guilty, and every citizen must do the same because the cruelty has reached its peak. Nothing can justify the murders.”

“The word ‘war’ disturbs some people who refuse to accept that we are at war. However, the truth is that there is war in the Northwest and Southwest regions. 

She said Cameroon could have avoided the war. “We should have avoided arriving at this stage. But, unfortunately, who can deny that there is war in the Northwest and Southwest regions where all kinds of abuses are taking place?

“There is terrorism, manipulation, infiltration and all kinds of recuperation going on right now.”

Fotso said that with all that is happening in the two restive English-speaking regions, it is primarily the children who pay the price.

She called on President Paul Biya to do something immediately to save the situation.

“I refuse to think that you cannot find a solution to the crisis. If the war is against terrorists, it is together that we would fight it. But we are not seeing your presence. Where are you?” she asked.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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