Some cities in French Cameroon with out adoubt have been hit hard by the Anglophone crisis
According to reports reaching alafnet.com the city of Mbouda in the West region of the country has seen its economy seriously slowing down .There are also reports of overcrowded classrooms and prisons and gendarme and police detention facilities with persons arrested in the crisis striken North West region.
Mbouda, the capital of the Bamboutos division in the Western region has been hit negatively by the crisis in the English-speaking regions of the country which has been going on for a year now.
A report from the renounce french weekly Integration newspaper in the West region this November 13, 2017.
Mbouda, located fifty kilometers from Bamenda, the regional capital of the North-West and epicenter of the Anglophone crisis and it’s geographical position as a transit town “On the N ° 6 national road linking the Center region, West and North-West regions can not be under mind.
It is also bordered to the north by Wabane community of the South-West region another region strongly marked by the Anglophone crisis, “noted the newspaper .
Instability in the Northwest and Southwest regions has already led to the exodus of several hundred students from both regions. As a result, staff numbers are plethoric in most Mbouda schools. This year, bilingual schools of Mbouda and Banock admitted about 200 and 150 students from English-speaking regions respectively.
A situation that has far reaching consequence in the follow-up of lessons. “The overcrowding of the school population resulting from enrollment pressures, on both region, makes the piloting of students at the pedagogical level difficult, given that enrollment in this school this year is 4,387 students”, headmaster Jules Akono said.
The founder of the bilingual private bilingual school group of Mbouda, Fokou says “we have been overwhelmed by the influx of children from the English-speaking regions. The demand for education is strong, we had to test them to gauge their level, because these students did not have a report cards. ”
Economic activities, especially trade have also seriously been affected by the crisis. Blaise Kuete, food vendor in Mbouda says “before the crisis, traders from Bamenda came here to stock up on fresh produce, especially chilli. A trader could afford 30 bags at the price of 20,000 FCFA per bag. Which made us very good financial income. Today, it is barely a trader buys 10 bags. ”
Another vendor said” before, a trader from Bamenda could buy 50 to 80 bunch of plantains. Prices oscillated between 3000 and 5000 FCFA. Today, sales have fallen to an average of 20 bunch per merchant previously worth 5,000 FCFA now costs 2,000 FCFA.
Mbouda is desperstely waiting for the end of this Anglophone crisis.