Belinda Babila Foundation has lamented the plight of over 40,000 displaced Southern Camerounians in a refugee camp at Ikom, Cross Rivers State.Speaking in Lagos at the weekend while announcing her plan for the displaced persons, the founder, Belinda Babila, asserted that the world had forsaken the eight million Ambazonia indigenes, currently on the verge of extinction.
According to the African-American, the government-sponsored genocide against the English-speaking Camerounians has exposed them to every form of oppression, making living more difficult for them. The Camerounian, who officially launched her foundation in February 2017, called on the United Nations to look into the plight of the Ambazonians and start sending them relief materials.
“We have a president who has ruled for 36 years and still wants to continue in office. Paul Biya has formally declared that he would run again in the October elections, making it the seventh term. Biya has been head of state since 1982, after the resignation of Ahmadou Ahidjo who was in power since Independence in 1960.”
“Camerounians have fled to Ikom, Cross Rivers State (due to massive killings), and we have about 40,000 of them in refugee camps.“So, this foundation has come to give them relief. The international community seems to have turned its back on the Ambazonians,” she lamented.
The people, she disclosed have been pushed to the wall, while alerting the UN on the genocide in Cameroun. “The future leaders of the nation, the youths and the kids, are been killed and prevented from going to school. It is really deplorable.”Babila plans to visit the refugee camp for first-hand evaluation of the people and offer help.
“When people are displaced, they go through post-traumatic stress disorder (PSD). So, we are also doing medical and psychological outreach to try to bring the people back to reasonable functioning state; that falls under the disaster relief campaign.”
After donating to the Life Changer Orphanage in Festac at the weekend, she urged public-spirited individuals and organisations to support the work.“We brought in a container load of medical equipment worth over $50,000, not only for the Camerounians but also for some community hospitals, as part of our relief effort to the less-privileged.”