Dozens of protesters stormed the United Nations headquarters on Friday to draw the attention of the international community to the killings of Anglophones in Cameroon by the administration of President Paul Biya.
Their protest came just six days before President Biya, who has been in power for almost four decades, is due to address the world at the United Nations General Assembly next Thursday.
Mr. Biya recently called for a national dialogue to resolve the crisis in South West and North West Cameroon where hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced to neighboring Nigeria, according to Amnesty International.
The protesters held placards that referenced what they described as genocide in Cameroon and pictures of relatives they said were killed by security forces.
They vowed to return on Thursday when Mr. Biya would be taking the stage to address the world.
The United Nations on Friday said it was in communication with Mr. Biya to resolve the crisis in Cameroon.
Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Friday that the UN would be engaging Biya when he’s in DC.
His assurances, at a press briefing, were a response to a question by TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA‘s Simon Ateba, who is covering the UN General Assembly in New York.
The latest Anglophone crisis in Cameroon started in 2016 when lawyers and teachers took to the street to demand justice and equality in Cameroon. But their protests were met with excessive force by the Biya regime and snowballed into demand for secession.
Anglophone separatists then took up arms against the state and Mr. Biya branded them terrorists and vowed to defeat them.
The conflict has left many killed on both sides with innocent civilians caught in the middle.