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 – Southwest Cameroon, 2019.
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 – Southwest Cameroon, 2019.
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 – Southwest Cameroon, 2019.
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 – Southwest Cameroon, 2019.
A woman stands beside the grave of a distant relative in the deserted village of Eshobi on Feb. 11. For the past two years, the town’s residents have been too scared to sleep in their houses—fearful of the Cameroon government ambushing them, they only return during the day and sleep in makeshift settlements in the jungle at night – Southwest Cameroon, 2019.
Ambazonia: the anglophone crisis
The Anglophone Crisis, also known as the Ambazonia War, or the Cameroonian Civil War, is a conflict in the Southern Cameroons region of Cameroon. In September 2017, separatists in the Anglophone territories of Northwest Region and Southwest Region (collectively known as Southern Cameroons) declared the independence of Ambazonia and began fighting against the Government of Cameroon. The Ambazonia Military Force (AMF) is one of the handful of Anglophone rebel groups fighting this guerrilla war. The Anglophone Crisis has already seen half a million people displaced since 2016 and it continues to this day. Read full article: here