1. As 1st October 2011, the 50th Anniversary of “Reunification” draws closer, the question in the minds of Cameroonians in general and Southern Cameroonians in particular is what exactly is the significance of that date and the meaning and relevance of the term “reunification”. The term is supposed to signify the occasion on 1st October 1961, when the British Southern Cameroons and the French Cameroun Republic came back together to form one nation after being separated back in 1919 and put for adoption to be raised by different colonial foster parents (the United Kingdom and France) for 42 years.
2. At no time since the seminal event of that reunion 49 years ago, has the gulf between the two communities been as wide as it is today. Organized groups in the former British Southern Cameroons have emerged which want nothing to do with the former French Cameroun Republic . But in 50 years the two communities have intermingled and become highly interwoven across the territory. Not less than 1 million people of Southern Cameroons origin now live and work in the territory of the former French Cameroun Republic . A smaller number of people from the former French Cameroun Republic now live and work in the former Southern Cameroons . Family ties now cut across the two communities with children and grandchildren who cannot say where they really belong.
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