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Manyu elites urge Anglophone refugees to return home

Elites of the Manyu Division in the South West Region of Cameroon have called on Anglophones internally displaced and those taking…

Elites of the Manyu Division in the South West Region of Cameroon have called on Anglophones internally displaced and those taking refuge in Nigeria to return to the country.

Meeting in Yaounde on Saturday June 16, under the chairmanship of Victor Arrey Mengot, Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency, the elites sought to review the socio-political and security situation in their Division of origin, marked by the armed conflict that has disrupted the ordinary course of life in Manyu.

One of their recommendations at the end of the sitting was to encourage “our internally and externally displaced brothers and sisters and children to return home.”

They also took the opportunity to “extend an olive branch to our youths who have taken up arms  and urge them to drop their weapons and return to their respective communities.”

According the United Nations, over 160.000 Cameroonians have been displaced as a result of the crisis with several houses and businesses burnt down. This has raised the question of reinserting the displaced back in their communities if/whenever they return.

The Manyu elites have thus called on the Head of State to envisage the implementation of an Emergency Reconstruction Plan to rebuild villages and other infrastructure destroyed during the Anglophone Crisis so as to facilitate the return of the refugees.

The elites also appealed to the Head of State to show clemency to all those imprisoned in connection with the Anglophone Crisis as well as consider the convening of an all-inclusive, broad-based dialogue to examine urgent questions of national interest.

 

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