Cameroon – West: Bamilekes are victims of xenophobia in the Noun division.

Written by Deckson N.

Land disposed, houses burned, more than a hundred planters from the locality of Kouoptamo are currently refugees in the town of Bafoussam.

It is a real witch hunt which is open against the Bamileke people, residing in the Noun division, western region. Since July 2016, the Borough of Kouoptamo has witnessed several scenes of xenophobic violence, the victims of which are planters of the Bamileke ethnic group.

According to the daily Le Messager of Monday, May 8, 2017 which relays this information, in recent days, violence has become a daily event. Men armed with machetes, knives, arrows and cudgels, forcibly enter the plantations of Bamileke peasants and even rip out their crops. To date, six houses have flown in smoke.

Despite the fact that human life has not yet been deplorable, farmers have mostly taken refuge with relatives or acquaintances living in the town of Bafoussam. It should be noted that some of the victims have nevertheless settled in this area for more than 50 years.

Moreover, according to the assailants, the expeditions carried out on the properties of the Bamileke farmers would be from the Sultan, who, according to the same sources, had instructed his subjects to proceed with the recovery of the exploited lands. – says the newspaper. Indeed, says Le Messager, this hunt would be linked to the lusts of land nourished by the chiefs of neighboring localities. According to some sources, 152 owners have already been expelled from their farms. Land legally acquired by farmers hunted down in the name of the re-enactment of the Nji Tanji dynasty, as claimed by some assailants. Approached, some personalities present in the government of the sultanate refused to comment on this matter.

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