Cameroonians are now roaming the streets in search of burial, weddings and of course CPDM official ceremonies hoping to get at least one decent meal a day. Thousands of people-a majority of them CPDM militants will stop at nothing to hope for a decent meal just to fill their stomachs.
To overcome widespread hunger and starvation and hope to have at least one decent meal a day, Cameroonians scour the scene of burial ceremonies of even people they do not even know. Many now participate in political rallies of the running CPDM crime syndicate in order to get food and drinks. All what President Biya and his regime are claiming to have done with tax payers money ranges from plain fiction to the most absurd. Consequently, poverty has rocked the entire nation.
Under heavy rain or unbearable sun shine, whatever the severity of the security service, or the jeers directed at Cameroonians, many people are now travelling many kilometres in order to attend funerals or other ceremonies, where they know that at the end they will have a meal as a thank you package for participating.
Correspondingly, the rush to the dinner table at the end of the ceremonies: be they funerals, weddings or political rallies are like the battle for survival. Regardless of the social class, those in rows include men and women with loud sounding nothing names and sometimes individuals who are employees in companies or category A2 civil servants.
A new trend is developing at an alarming proportion-that of carrying away food and drinks in hand bags for women and plastic bags for the men. Cameroonians returning from celebrations have bags filled with pieces of chicken or fish and assorted drinks. This paints a picture of a people who do not know when the next meal or drink would come!
There are always constant skirmishes during the sharing of food as the lowest in the social ladder are discarded in favour of the category A2 government officials who stuff their bags after eating shamelessly. All these are happening to a nation that once prides itself to be self-sufficient.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai