24. Juni 2021

Mbororo Perspectives on the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon

BICC Brown Bag Lecture and discussion

Cameroon is currently affected by a violent conflict between military forces of the Biya regime and rebel groups that seek political independence for the country’s Anglophone minority in the North-West and South-West Regions. Since the beginning of the conflict in October 2016, over 4,000 persons have been killed, and about 765,000 have been displaced. Several reports have highlighted the perspectives of Anglophone civilians and have documented human rights violations committed by state forces.

A paper presented by Michaela Pelican, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, adds an additional perspective by exploring the so-far underrepresented voices of members of the Mbororo ethnic minority who, individually and collectively, have been targeted by extreme speech and acts of violence by the separatist forces. Michaela Pelican is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne and speaker/coordinator of the international research unit "The production and reproduction of social inequalities: Global contexts and concepts of labour exploitation".

The talk on 24 June 2021 is taking place in the framework of BICC’s Brown Bag Lecture Series “Displacement and Development” which aims to interlink conflict and displacement studies on the one hand and development, respectively humanitarian aid-oriented analyses on the other.