Bali women bemoan devastating effects of deepening Anglophone crisis

NEWS 03 Dec 2018
Bali women bemoan devastating effects of  deepening Anglophone crisis

By Moma Sandrine
Some women in Bali conveyed at the Ntanko Market Square on Thursday November 29 and burst into tears, lamenting on the damages caused by the Anglophone crisis. This day was set aside to pray and cry for peace return to Bali while also praying that God avenges the death of those killed unjustly during the crisis.
To this effect, the women came out in their numbers, blowing whistles and crying their eyeballs out. According to this group of women, comprising mainly of the old, it was high time the government sought a lasting solution to the Anglophone crisis. As they wept, they said that they were tired of burying their children and that enough was enough.

Women in Bali weep for peace

Women in Bali weep for peace

“I cannot count the number of children I have buried because of this problem. Sometimes your child will leave the house in the morning and the next moment his corpse is brought to you. Children should bury their parents and not the other way round. We are tired,“ one of them said.
Another woman while weeping said: “our children are not terrorists. Let the government take the military out of our land. We are tired of living like prisoners in our own land. Walking on the streets without guarantee of your safety since anything can happen at any time. We are tired of burying our children. We want peace.”
The cry of these women at the market square comes shortly after there was a mass killing of youths whom the military referred to as Ambazonian fighters. This group of men were neutralized and killed in their camp around Kunjah after Boh Munyanka in Bali. The rumour mill has it that explosives were used by the military to kill these boys. “Our children were burnt beyond recognition,“ one of the women said.
While lamenting on the calamity that had befallen the land of Bali the previous week, one of the women uttered “our children are not terrorists they are only fighting for freedom. We are begging on the government to hear our cry and stop this fight.”
The women unanimously said they wanted justice and peace and for a lasting solution be brought to the Anglophone crisis. According to them the crisis has eaten deep in the economy and it’s causing a major setback to livelihood.

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