Cameroon is in the midst of a civil conflict which is worryingly under-investigated. Since independence from colonial rule in 1960/61, some segments of the minority anglophone population have experienced forms of discriminatory treatment. This has included cases of torture documented by the United Nations. In 2016, these issues reached a tipping point and led to ongoing civil unrest. A strike by anglophone civil servants, including teachers and lawyers, over the marginalisation of anglophone professionals reportedly received a military response from the Cameroonian central government. Since then, activities in the anglophone regions, such as attendance at school, legal hearings, and local markets, have been severely restricted. Distressing photographs of human rights abuses, reports of state violence, and reports of violence committed by separatists are emerging regularly. Since 2016, hundreds of thousands of anglophone Cameroonians have been displaced by the ongoing conflict.
A research team at the University of Oxford is in the early stages of developing a project to investigate the Cameroon Anglophone Crisis. The aim of the research is to understand better the complexities of the lived struggles in anglophone Cameroon, with a view to supporting resolution of the conflict. The team are keen to work closely with those affected by the violence, and will seek local guidance on how to shape the design of a larger, longer-term research project.
The early months of the pilot project, from September 2019 to December 2019, involve establishing an Oxford-based research team and applying for ethical research approval. From January 2020, the research team will begin to shape the design of a larger, longer-term research project, seeking the input of as many individuals with a connection to the Cameroon civil conflict as possible.
(Please note the team’s contact will be limited until ethical research approval is confirmed, likely in late December 2019.)