Friday, 25 March 2016

Late Koumate Monique's voice heard on a street in London via UK-based Cameroonians (photos)

Yesterday March 24th 2016, Cameroonians in England rallied together at 3:00pm in front of the Cameroon Embassy in London to express their dissatisfaction and disgruntlement over the poor state of health care in the country. This poor health care recently led to the death of Monique Koumate and her twins at the Lanquantini hospital in Douala. 

This peaceful protest was organised by Dr Gabriel Nkwelle, Emmanuel Nkemta, Brice Nintcheu, Vera Fonjun, Atte Fri, Dr Nguh Santos and Daniel Assako. It should be stressed here that the protest was purely on humanitarian basis and had no political undertones. It could happen to anyone. It was a crowd that demanded for free health care for all irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or political affiliation. They also demanded that saving lives should be more important than money in all circumstances and for the immediate resignation of the minister of health and the DG of Lanquantini hospital. 

Some of the organisers spoke in front of the door of the embassy, others spoke a little bit further away from the embassy. They had posters and banners that sent clear messages to unlookers and to the Cameroon government. It must be stated here that the crowd was not impressive as a lot of women didn't show up despite the fact that the fight was for a fellow woman. They finally stressed that pregnant women should receive a lot of attention in hospital as they are the beares of life. Their calls for the ambassador to come out and talk to them went on deaf ears as he didn't move a muscle from his prestigious seat. 

The memorandum they wrote and signed was rejected by the embassy. There was the presence of some police officers to ensure decorum. The peaceful protest lasted for about one hour, everything went as planned and they vacated the premises around 4:30 pm with the joy of having fulfilled their social responsibility to speak up in the face of injustice. They pray that the change they seek will come sooner than later. God bless Cameroon. Rest in peace Monique and her twins.

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  1. How many of these vocal protester are willing to create a real impact in local villages of Cameroon? How many of them that are from different tribes are willing to unite over an uninterested project for a village where none of them belong? Why protesting when no one can utilize resources available that are financial, societal, diplomatic to bring change in our villages independently from the oppression system of Cameroon? Can we learn anything from the example in Burma?

    If Monique Koumate scenario could repeat itself again what else would you do? This scenario has existed before with the stolen baby of Vanessa Tchatchou and many refused to protest because she was a Bamileke virgin high school student. Unfortunately many insulted her instead. And here we are few years later with another version of negligence and conspiracy in the health care system of Cameroon.

    Perhaps Monique Koumate case is repeating itself daily right now and away from our eyes in the hospitals that operate in the 49 departments of Cameroon.

    After exposing yourself under the sun and the camera for a protest rally what else can you do? How far are you going to follow up this issue in the 49 departments of Cameroon?

    The complexity of the answer to these questions demonstrates why the worst is to come on our children in Cameroon just to let us witness the result of our wickedness and selfishness in from of our naked eyes.

    Biya is 10% of the problem and he is taking advantage by manipulating the Cameroonian society who is 90% of the problem in Cameroon.

  2. @Auguste.... u should atleast be appreciative n not always come up with negativity when people are trying to do something positive... The fact that they were willing to rally together and condemn it shows the concern that they have for the people back in Cameroon.. They must not offer finances to their various villages in order to be consider good, besides, you don't know what some of those people abroad are doing to help their various communities... By the way, is Cameroon that poor that individuals have to start funding their villages instead of the Government???

    With regards to your last point... If in a country of about 20 million inhabitants one person happens to be responsible for upto 10% of the country's problem, then that person is practically responsible for all of the country's problems....