Before the Gods destroy you, they first of all make you mad. Cameroon diaspora has gone mad. Everyone of them, is now schizophrenic. There is some form of madness amongst Anglophone diaspora in particular. It's an epidemic of epic proportion, unrivaled in history. This discourse is not about lack of patriotism, it's about madness. I mean, 'to be crazy'. It's only psycho-social unstable individuals who will believe anything their imagination conceives.
A few Weeks ago, hundreds of Cameroonian economic immigrants in Germany converged at the gates of a Mental Hospital in Germany, to demonstrate against their President imagined to be hospitalized therein. President Paul Bathelemy Biya was in Cameroon, in his retreat home at Mvomeka in Southern Cameroon. Even after facts revealed he was truly in Mvomeka, Cameroon diaspora still held firm that the president was in Germany.
In fact, a Cameroonian female studying for a PhD in the UK argued that the President has an airport in Mvomeka and may have smuggled in late at night with a hired Boeing 787 to land in Mvomeka, an African village. Hey...whey...hey madness. Haba haba haba craze people. Cameroon diaspora has gone mad. Collective madness. A Boeing 787 landing in a village? If an intellectual of such sort could have such a mindset, then what about the sans papier, and hustlers who sneaked out of Cameroon through the desert into purple pastures overseas? No doubt!
For those who do not know Cameroon, it's a country in the armpit of Africa ordained with free education and heavily subsidized healthcare. More than 90% of children attend public schools and obtain healthcare in government-run hospitals. Adult human beings from that country, before leaving for voluntary economic exile, have on average obtained a Baccalaureate or Bachelor's degree from a public college and university almost for free. Without these social policies, most of them would have been either still-birth or stark illiterates! When they arrive in foreign lands they forget about this largess which does not exist even in the capitalist west. Signs of mental health sets in, with boisterous ungratefulness as the paramount symptom.
Migrants are typically psycho-traumatic. Studies have shown prevalence rates of depression and anxiety among African migrants in Europe and America. The studies reveal that prevalence rates of depression and anxiety may be linked to financial strain in the country of immigration. Yes, you bet! Resettlement for refugees usually brings hope and optimism, which can have an initially positive effect on well-being. Disillusionment, demoralization and depression can occur early as a result of migration-associated losses, or later, when initial hopes and expectations are not realized and when immigrants and their families face enduring obstacles to advancement in their new home because of structural barriers and inequalities aggravated by exclusionary policies, racism and discrimination. True for Cameroon diaspora. They have all gone mad, even those hiding as professors in western Universities.
Then came February 11, 2017. Images from Buea streamed into cyberspace. You could read natives screaming, 'that is not Bongo Square'! Wheeeewwww! When last where you in Buea? March-pass in Buea now is from North to South, and not from South to North. Participants assemble around the Mountain Club and march downwards, and empty into BHS Buea and immediately disperse home towards Great Soppo. The infrastructure too in Bongo Square and Clerks Quarters has changed tremendously. Businessmen are bullish and are building frantically, while losers have disappeared into exile. It's only a mad idiot who who has not been to Buea in recent-times would be disputing glaring real-time images streaming from Buea. Wheeeewww, craze ohh! Classic madness. No doubt they even read newspapers up-side down!
According to a recent study, migrants arriving in the West are known to be afflicted with specific challenges in mental health, which include communication difficulties because of language and cultural differences; the effect of cultural shaping of symptoms and illness behaviour on diagnosis, coping and treatment; differences in family structure and process affecting adaptation, acculturation and inter-generational conflict; and aspects of acceptance by the receiving society that affect employment, social status and integration. These issues can be addressed through specific inquiry, the use of trained interpreters and culture brokers, meetings with families, and consultation with community organizations.
Recent developments on the anglophone Cameroon quagmire has exposed the inherent madness in Cameroon diaspora. This disease was lying fallow. The foolhardiness of their trumpian public pronouncements has unearthed the extent of the damage the madness pathogen has inflicted in their troubled craniums.
Most mad people don't really know they are mad. They speak and gesticulate with macho-bravado. In reality, they are truly mad. Unfortunately, most mental illnesses are caused by a combination of factors and cannot be prevented. Mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect people of any age, income or educational level, and cultural background, francophone or anglophone. Although mental illness affects both males and females, certain conditions are inherent in adult migrants.
Herbalists in Cameroon claim to treat madness. However, the patient must be present. The indigenous technology to treat African madness have not been malleable to tele-medicine. These would require a reverse journey. This will be suicidal for people who had fled poverty. With orthodox medicine, yes, mental illness of Cameroon diaspora can be treated. This means that many people who have a mental illness, and are treated, recover well or even completely. However, because there are many different factors contributing to the development of each illness for each Cameroonian economic immigrant, it can sometimes be difficult to predict how, when, or to what degree someone is going to get better. Their madness may persist for their self-destruction.
Treatments and drugs will depends on the type of mental illness for diasporan men, women or their children, its severity and what works best for anyone. In many cases, a combination of treatments works best. In addition, for prophylaxis there are lots of things that Cameroon diaspora with mental illness can do for themselves, to help recover a balanced life, despite the slavery they undergo in Europe and America. Healthy eating, getting plenty of sleep, and regular physical activity are all important to good mental health. Where will they find time for these? Learning skills which help deal with stress, feeling down, relationships or the symptoms of the illness, are also ways in which someone with a mental illness can look after themselves.
Cameroon diaspora is very mad. Una don craze. Treat yourselves.
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