By Joachim Arrey, Ph.D
For the past two weeks, the North West and South West regions of Cameroon have been the theater of violent confrontations between protesters seeking to draw attention to the sorry plight of the country’s Anglophone minority and the forces of law (lessness) and (dis) order who still think that intimidation and violence can stop the people from complaining. Their strict adherence to old violent ways as a problem- solving tool seems more like pouring gasoline into a burning house. Most of these uniformed men and women do not even understand why the Anglophone lawyer, student, teacher and taxi driver are taking to the streets. Complaining has never been a crime. It is a way of expressing a need. It is always good to listen to a complaining people. If humans have to understand each other, they have to listen to each other and they must seek to have frank and fruitful discussions rather than hold that the complaining party is just a nuisance.