AMF General John commands thousands of rebel soldiers in Ambazonia — formally known as southwest Cameroon. He joined the war to stop the torturing and killing of his people and is prepared to die for the cause. He is pictured here with his two bodyguards on the front line of the conflict. The Ambazonian flag proudly hung behind.
Many houses have been burnt down in attacks by the Cameroon government. Here, a woman is pictured standing in what was once her bedroom, she describes how they came at night and ambushed them, how they killed innocent people, and how she now lives in the jungle out of fear of their return. Too scared to re-build.
Freedom fighter Ossuo Labistar Okan (24), awkwardly wraps his leg around his shotgun as he listens to a scared woman recount how the Cameroon military came to her village and burnt down houses, shot innocent people, and killed babies. Living in the bush, she describes the difficult living conditions as well as her fear of the wild animals. Pythons, she says, eat children.
Three AMF soldiers pose for a photograph wearing necklaces and bracelets that have been blessed by a Baba. It is their belief that after the spells have been performed, no harm may come to them. Bullets will fly past them and machetes will bounce off their skin. This magic is called Odeshi and soldiers believe it is their best weapon against a better trained and equipped enemy.
A woman stands next to a grave of a distant relative in the deserted town of ___. For the last 2 years, it’s residence have been too scared to sleep in their houses — fearful of the Cameroon government ambushing them at night —they only return during the day and sleep in makeshift settlements in the jungle.
Anglaphone Freedom Fighters
Ambazonia, also known as Amba Land, is a self-declared state consisting of the Anglophone portions of southwest Cameroon. This project documents the Ambazonian Military Force (AMF) — a rebel group waging an increasingly deadly insurgency against the Francophone government, a crisis that has already seen half a million people displaced since 2016 — as well as the communities and people affected by the conflict. This series of images give an audience a unique insight into a war being secretly fought in the deepest jungles of West Africa.