By Anye Valentine in Bamenda
Newly appointed US Ambassador to Cameroon Christopher Lemora, is not happy that warring parties in the Anglophone North West and South West regions see no ground for peace, 6 years after the conflict escalated.
During the first officer visit of the diplomate to Buea, capital of the conflict hit south west region recently, he decried the fact that thousands of civilians bear the brunts of unending violence perpetrated by government forces and separatist fighters advocating for the brake away state, Ambazonia.
“I believe that the violence that has been ongoing in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon lasting from 2016 and definitely since 2017 has caused unnecessary suffering for the people of the two regions and whether or not there are legitimate political interests on the part of the various parties, violence is not ever going to be the right way to resolve this crisis,” Christopher Lemora said,
The on going war according to Human Right Watch has resulted to over 3000 deaths leaving millions of civilians including persons with disabilities in misery as access to humanitarian assistance remains difficult.
Cause for a peaceful resolution to the on going conflict have reached apogee, prompting the US officer’s visit to Buea to better acquaint him self with the realities on the ground.
“I need to get a sense of how people here on are feeling and factor that into our conversation going forward” the diplomate intimated.
Ambassador Christopher Lemora while in Buea, made out time to briefly visit the Town’s municipal council, Mutenge Baptist Hospital, and the University of Buea.