Thursday, 20 April 2017

Pressure Mouths On Paul Biya As UN Urges The Government To Find A Quick Exit From The Crisis

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, François Louncény Fall, encouraged the Cameroonian government to "take all the measures it deems appropriate, as soon as possible and within the framework of the law" to resolve the crisis of English-speaking regions of Cameroon deprived of Internet since mid-January, he said Thursday after four days of official visit.

"This is a deplorable situation. But I am convinced that this important tool for development, communication and collective fulfillment will be gradually re-established throughout Cameroon, "commented François Louncény Fall, while Cameroon is going through one of the longest internet cuts in the world. History of the African continent.

Pressure Mouths On Paul Biya
20% of the Cameroonian population
It all began on January 17 when the four operators in the country warned their subscribers from the northwest and southwest that their services were cut for reasons "beyond their own control". The two anglophone regions concerned are in fact subject to numerous protests, strikes and "dead city" operations that the government has been trying to silence for several months.

At the heart of the demands of this movement launched by professors and lawyers, the desire for a return to federalism in favor of these regions. Anglophones represent 20% of the Cameroonian population.

A loss of € 2.69 million

François Louncény Fall, who is also head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), was optimistic, highlighting "fruitful and hopeful exchanges" with government officials, Civil society, opposition leaders, members of the diplomatic corps and those of the United Nations system.

For Cameroon, the cut is not without consequences since, according to the French NGO Internet without borders, the economy had already lost 2.69 million euros in 60 days.
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