Persons with disabilities ( PWDs) in Anglophone Cameroon have persistently been affected by an ongoing armed conflict between Ambazonian fighters and the country’s regular defense forces.
Over the years, most Cameroonians have been of the view that persons with disabilities have very little or no quest for sex. Society often marginalizes such persons, tagging them ‘talented beggars’ who have little or no sexual intercourse skills.
“Tu es Nigerien?” A lady asked me whether I was a Nigerian in early 2016 because I spoke English. The funniest thing to me was that she asked in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.
According to the preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon, the first article, sub (3) states: “The official languages of the Republic of Cameroon shall be English and French, both languages having the same status. The State shall guarantee the promotion of bilingualism throughout the country. It shall endeavour to protect and promote national languages”.
I didn’t want to argue with the lady, I decided to ask her why she tagged me Nigerian and her answer was that I spoke English, unlike other customers who spoke French.
As the fight against Covid-19 takes a new turn across the world, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the crisis-battered Anglophone Regions of Cameroon say they have been left to sweat and toil in the heat of the deadly virus and the prolonged devastating armed conflict.
This group of people have either been confronted with the dilemma of falling prey to the Coronavirus or being caught in the wrath of warring actors in the ongoing secessionist conflict.
Some persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Bamenda have received anti COVID-19 kits from the Organisation for The Realization of an Inclusive Society(ORIS).