Since 2016, Cameroon has been in a state of internal conflict precipitated by the Francophone government's political, cultural, and socioeconomic marginalization of Anglophone citizens. In 2017, when the English-speaking Southwest and Northwest regions of the country declared independence as the Nation-State of Ambazonia, the conflict escalated into a civil war that has left more than 30,000 Anglophone civilians dead, nearly 500 Anglophone villages razed, and over 1 million Anglophone children displaced at the hands of a ruthless government. Millions more Anglophone children have been denied educational services under the threat of arrest or death. In 2020, Global Justice Journal developed an "underground" network of schools and launched the Cameroon Peace Project, an inquiry-based academic program that included youth ages 12-22 from both sides of the conflict. While only 35% of students believed they could work together for peace at the beginning of the program, over 91% held that belief by the time they graduated.
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Children who participated in the Cameroon Peace Project were provided with backpacks, school supplies (including tablets & solar chargers), and a free lunch program.
After the Cameroon Peace Project ended, 1000+ Anglophone women picked up the torch and launched a hunger strike for peace. On Day 9, they were joined by 10,000 of their Francophone sisters.
One Country. Three flags. Which will lead to peace? More than 21,000 attendees gathered at a virtual conference to explore this question through five days of debates, panel discussions, and presentations, including a moving keynote address by Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.
In cooperation with The Hope Center Cameroon, Global Justice Journal offers a continuous series of courses in business administration and entrepreneurship to survivors of gender based violence who aspire to become successful small business owners.
After learning that the children at a local orphanage were eating only one meal per day, Global Justice Journal provided the start-up funding for a bakery that now generates income to support 140 orphans while teaching young adults to operate a business.