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Cameroon: Internal Crisis and International Impact Case of T

Cameroon: Internal Crisis and International Impact Case of the Anglophone Regions
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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More than four years after it started, efforts to end the armed conflict have stalled in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions between the government of Cameroon and armed separatist groups. This conflict escalated after peaceful protests by teachers, students, and lawyers were violently repressed by the government under the leadership of Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon for over forty years. Paul Biya’s government has treated the conflict as an exclusively military one. Most experts agree that dialogue is necessary to resolve the conflict, and to abate civilian casualties on both sides. The United States and European Union have called on the parties to take a series of steps to resolve the crisis, including through resolutions of both houses of Congress. These urgings have been largely ignored. This panel will explore the origin and contours of what is commonly labelled “Anglophone crisis”, the humanitarian consequences as death tolls continue to rise, and the migration of Cameroonian populations internally, into neighboring parts of Nigeria, and across the Ocean to the U-S- Mexico border.

Doris Toyou, Co-Chair, African Affairs Committee

Tsion Gurmu, Legal Manager, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI); Founder and Director, Queer Black immigrant project (QBip)
Dibussi Tande, Political scientist and author of No Turning Back: Poems of Freedom 1990-1993 (2007), Scribbles from the Den. Essays on Politics and Collective Memory in Cameroon (2009) and co-editor of Their Champagne Party Will End! Poems in Honor of Bate Besong (2008); Producer of the blog, Scribbles from the Den
Dr. Charlotte Walker-Said, Associate Professor of History, Department of Africana Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York 

Sponsoring Association Committee:
African Affairs, Scott Caplan & Doris Toyou, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Committee:
International Human Rights Law, Lauren Melkus, Chair

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