Women smile express hope as Bamenda II Mayor visits DDR Centre




The Bamenda Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration centre that was created on the 30th November 2018 has some 30 girls who are residing in the centre

The girls who served mostly as companions and cooks to the self styled Amba generals and commanders received sanitary pads and toiletries from the Mayor of Bamenda II Council, Chenwi Peter

New born baby at the centre

Women fleeing the armed conflict in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon have been spotted in videos complaining about the lack of sanitary pads. 

Usually, old pieces of cloth are used while others manage toilet tissue which is not healthy when women are undergoing mensuration


The women who range from age 14 to 23 years saw two of them give birth while staying at the centre over the last month

One of the girls who The Observer has decided to identify as Mercy narrated her ordeal

"I was forcefully taken from our house in Nkambe by Amba fighters to cook for them in their camp and those who refuse going with them their parents are killed or their houses burnt to ashes" she said

At the centre, the girls are empowered with skills like the production of soap, detergents, hair dressing and embroidery

Toilet tissue handed to the girls

Bamenda II Mayor, Chenwi Peter, promised the girls of his continuous support for them to live a healthy life

The centre has received more than 40 girls who according to them, were forced join the armed struggle

The ladies used the visit of the Mayor to call on other girls and women in the bushes to abandon the struggle which they say is unfruitful and come to the centre

By

Fomusoh Rachel

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