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Offbeat Cameroon: The northwest region in the face of economic difficulties after six years of crisis

10:40  01 october  2022
10:40  01 october  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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for the English-speaking regions of the North -Stwest and southwest, October 1 marks the end of British tutelage in 1961. For six years now, the two regions have been in crisis. First claims carried out by teachers and lawyers. Then the crisis took a safe turn. On October 1, 2017, the independence movement symbolically declares the independence of the territory which he called "Ambazonie". Since then, the inhabitants have seen their daily lives hard affected by the violence between separatist armed groups and government forces. Insecurity, displaced, attacks on schools, dead cities days, and also, a general impoverishment due to the blow to economic activities. Report in Bamenda.

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At the exit of the main market in Bamenda, Mary sells used dresses. Far from his daily life before “I worked for an important bank. I earned 300,000 CFA francs per month. But business has slowed down. My chief separated from several of us. I have to manage now with 50,000 FCFA per month. I had to move: I couldn't pay the bills anymore. I changed my school children: I could no longer pay tuition fees.

like Mary, many inhabitants have lost their job. Some went to look elsewhere. Those who remain facing very high prices, while it is an agricultural region.

"Before the crisis, our production of rice was moreover thirty thousand tonnes per year, when we entered the crisis we could not even reach ten thousand tonnes of rice production," says chief Fotsop Dominic Asaah, regional delegate of Minepat, the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, which adds that it is the same for corn, cassava, palm oil ...

of the products that the Bayam Sellam, these Women who are going to look for the merchandise in the village more and more difficult to bring back to the city. "Very few of them still move because of insecurity, those who continue to do so face additional costs: too much checkpoints where you have to pay, the more confinements. In summary, it does not work, ”explains Anoh Mary Forbid, of the Chamber of Commerce.

The regional delegate of the Ministry of the Economy speaks of inflation two points higher than in the rest of Cameroon.

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