Behind the Scenes of the Cameroon Episode

Every process is different when it comes to TUMULT. This time I started with zero.

To be quite frank I hardly knew about the crisis when it was brought up to me. And when I started talking to the people around me I noticed that none of them (while being absolutely receptive for these topics) had no idea what was happening in Cameroon.

I think it's important to admit to our unknowingness - because it makes us more receptive to learning.

When I started looking more closely (and you have to look very deep when it comes to this crisis) I noticed that there is so little documentation on this conflict, so little, that it has to be unmatched. And unfortunately, this suspicion was validated by Cameroon being called the "most neglected humanitarian crisis" in the world by the Norwegian Refugee Council - for two years in succession.

One of my great fascinations and endless speculations revolve around locating the seed that makes people care about a certain thing.

Through my work on TUMULT and an episode like Yemen, in which we try to explore the underlying motives of looking away and the lack of what I like to call "peripheral empathy", I have thought about one question a lot: What makes ME care about an issue?

I would be lying (and it would be unrealistic) to assume that you can summon the same amount of empathy for every population in crisis. The world has come (or has been?) in a state of constant conflict with certain parts of the world being particularly affected. If you are lucky like me (and there's not much more to it than that), you can watch many of these crises unfold without having to worry about your livelihood nor life in the very least bit. And while you might feel the unease creeping up and nagging you to donate, do something about it, or at least think about it every once in a while, you might not feel affected by it to the extent you feel obliged to.

However, the real tragedy that became evident to me during the process of this episode, was the fact that no emotions towards a whole country in a state of innate danger, in turn, fuels the preexisting lack of care given to it via extensive news reporting and international efforts.

The problem here is: If I don't know about the anglophone crisis in Cameroon, I cannot have any emotions towards it. While it might be swept up in the tide of other news its impeccable need to be documented, seen, and validated will not go anywhere.

I care about this crisis because it has been brought to me by my friends - maybe you might want to look into it too.

Various websites that I value highly and that have been crucial to my process on this episode are the Anglophone Crisis, The Global Campaign for Peace and Justice in Cameroon, and the Instagram Page Justice for Cameroon.

I hope this episode gives you some insights into the conflict in Cameroon, its roots, its impact on people (particularly women and children) and what is currently being done to fascilitate sustainable peace.

Let me know what you think. Thank you for being here. Thank you for caring, thank you for supporting TUMULT.