Cameroon, “Ibem” says No to Brutal Evictions and subscribes to the Zero Evictions Campaign
IBEM means “house” in the local language of the Haute-Sanaga (Upper Sanaga) Department region of Cameroon. It is also the name given to the Social Housing Cooperative of the town of Nanga Eboko where the Constitutive Assembly took place on Thursday, November 24, 2011 in the banquet hall in the community of Nanga Eboko.
Actually, as a prelude to this Constitutive Assembly driven by the will of the inhabitants of Nanga to find alternative solutions in general for the development of a building site on their habitat and specifically, solutions for social housing. Father Olivier EVES Parish priest on the outskirts of the aforesaid town and Serge Guensu of the promotional committee for the Zero Evictions Campaign have entertained supporters on the relevance and objectives of the aforementioned campaign, which is currently led by the RNHC with the support of the IAI.
After a variety of exchanges, discussion and suggestions, the 60 supporters present signed the petition underlying the memorandum which addresses Cameroon’s government and which aims to systematically stop any evictions throughout the territory in Cameroon without any previously arranged resettlement.
Among the signatures, we notice a few which are rather noteworthy, including the Deputy Mayor of Nanga Eboko, the Parish priest and of two principals of general and technical secondary schools, respectively.
They have all pledged to increase the plea throughout the rest of the Department, particularly because this road project currently under construction that will serve the Haute-Sanaga (Upper Sanaga region) is attracting a lot of attention from land speculators.
It is on this note of militant involvement that the launch of the Zero Evictions Campaign in Nanga Eboko has ended.
The Volunteer translator for housing rights without frontiers of IAI who has collaborated on the translation of this text was: