Ever since the 1960’s, when the oil and cocoa rich English regions were added to the predominantly French-speaking republic, there are subdued tensions in Cameroon. Due to the policy of Francophone President Paul Biya, who has been in power for 35 years, the focus is on French-speaking Cameroon. Many people in the English-speaking states in the west of Cameroon have grown tired of the long years of governement corruption and discrimination. They believe that the government excludes them from government jobs and imposes the French language and legal system. Since 2016, the situ- ation is getting more and more out of control and more citizens have become victim of deadly violence between government forces and armed separatists.
The crisis is getting worse by the day, with more acts of violence, injuries and deaths as a result. It is expected that the violence will escalate even more with the presi- dential elections on 7 October 2018.
As LiveBuild is working closely with people in the En- glish part of Cameroon, we are also facing this difficult situation. Due to the violence and general insecurity, our project partners cannot travel to the projects anymore.
The villages we work in are often abandoned, as the inhabitants fled out of fear for the army. In consultation with our local partners, we therefore decided that we will put on hold all our projects for now. This to safe- guard our partners, the employees of the water company and the inhabitants of the villages.
Our project partners and project coordinator stay in close contact with the people that are involved in the projects. This way both they and we can stay informed about the developments in the villages and the projects. We hope we can start again as soon as the situation al- lows us to. Till then we will keep you updated.
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