By George Tando, Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Southern Cameroons Journal, Ikom, Nigeria – The UK based humanitarian initiative known as “Electronic Food Bank” EFB, just ended a tour of 7 Ambazonian Refugee Camps in Cross Rivers State Nigeria. The group’s two man delegation made up of Bongsiru Mengjo Paula and Eleanor K. visited the camps with food items, toiletries, cash, medication and other relief materials.
The EFB initiative for refugees was an idea born out of the influx of Southern Cameroonian refugees from their homeland into neighboring Nigeria. EFB was launched in UK in early November 2017 and has so far put smiles on faces of so many destitute and distressed Cameroonians living across border towns in Nigeria. Before the visit members had had opportunity to liaise with the Interim Government of Ambazonia to have a feel of the refugee situation early in December last year.
According to team leader Bongsiru Paula, it was disheartening to see pictures and videos of mothers, young girls, children and youths struggling to survive in a strange environment without food, clothing and even shelter due to the ongoing sociopolitical crisis in the Southern Cameroons. “It can only take the courage of someone with a heart of humanity to understand the pains Southern Cameroonians are going through now…. reasons why we came here to witness things for ourselves.” She said.
Paula used the occasion to thank benefactors of the Electronic Food Bank Initiative including Orlton Baptist Church UK and PUZZLES. On her part Eleanor paid tribute to Gospel Life Center,
Germany, for their support too. The two ladies paid special tribute to the Resource and Mobilization Committee headed by Victorine Bolango and Caleche Bongo (Secretary of State for Health and Social Services) for their coaching.
During the visit they had opportunity of meeting and communing with Refugees in Aborkem Waterfall, Ikom Centre, Danare l, and Danare ll, Bendeghe, Deeper Life Bible Church-Ikom and Obudu Cattle Range.
One of their special moment in the camps was with kids – the two ladies sang and danced boosting the moral of the destitutes. They also paid courtesy calls to the village traditional authorities as
testified by Chief Raphael Ayuk Oga of Danari ll. Both ladies equally had a special “soft-touch” for pregnant women and lactating mothers. In Obudu Cattle Range for example, their timely intervention assured that a sick child was given instant medical attention.
Rounding up their visit they requested prayers from both Refugees and well-wishers so as to enable their second visit in months to happen. Prayers were also made most importantly, for an end to the inhuman and barbaric treatment by Cameroun government forces on the people of Southern Cameroons.