The Queen Mothers (Ma Fo’os) of the North West region gathered Tuesday November 24, 2020 at the Bamenda Grand Stand and prayed for peace to return to the region.
Under the aegis of Ma Fo’o Yah Sunday Epse Achidi, the women deplored and condemned in the strongest terms, the constant killings of their children since the escalation of the crisis in the Anglophone regions.
Drawn from across the region, the mothers cried and prayed in their various local languages as they pleaded with the belligerents to sue for peace.
In a memorandum issued on the occasion, the women declared not to know discrimination, reasons why they are bound to protect the lives of their children.
“Our offspring have been dying in their numbers because of this violence and we come to cry that the killings should stop,” the women wrote in their memo adding that;
“As Queen Mothers we uphold the sanctity of lives and the protection of all human lives in an out of our communities”.
The goal of the women was to achieve a situation where NEVER AGAIN, should they be comforted for what could have been prevented, and a situation where NEVER AGAIN, should children be targeted in the violence that characterises the crisis in the two English speaking regions.
Besides pleading with the belligerents to render the anglophone regions peaceful as they used to be, The General Manager of Camtel, Ma Fo’o Yah Sunday Epse Achidi in her usual maternal style made a stop at the DDR Centre in Bamenda.
There she encouraged the ex-combatants to lure their mates out of the bushes and handed over to them a consignment of foodstuff, laundry soaps, toiletteries and other basic commodities.
Ma Fo’o Yah Sunday Epse Achidi assured the ex-combatants of her determination to support them in their social reinsertion drive.
The former fighters in return promised to help Government attract more seperatists to drop their arms by becoming ambassadors of peace.
Worth noting is the fact that the Queen Mothers staged a short walk on the commercial avenue to show their indignation brandishing placards with very touching messages all centred around the call for peace.
Also present in the event was some MPs from the region, as well as the D.O of the Bamenda II council.