The International Crisis Group (ICG) published a new report last February 23 on the place of women in the Anglophone war in Cameroon. The NGO revealed that women play active roles in the conflict. Many of them support the Anglophone cause, with some even fighting side by side with male insurgents.
“In a camp near the North West regional capital, Bamenda, for example, there are about 175 women and girls among a total population of 700. In other camps, women are said to make up about 10% of the population. But numbers likely fluctuate, given the conflict’s fluidity and the militias’ evolving needs,” ICG said.
In addition to engaging directly in combat, women serve in support roles, including “intelligence gathering and logistics, though some are forced to cook or nurse injured fighters in militia camps.” The document also reported that “women in the diaspora also wield significant influence: the separatist militia SOCADEF is reportedly partly controlled by a woman in the U.S.”
The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has already left about 6,000 people dead, ICG estimates.