By Hope Nda
Esther Omam, the winner of The Scoop Media’s Outstanding Humanitarian, Peace and Mediator Award, has vowed not to relent efforts in peace-building and humanitarianism in the crisis-hit Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.
Dedicating the award to Anglophone Crisis victims, Esther Omam said the award would not have been possible without the crisis which has opportuned her to serve relentlessly.
She received the award recently during a ceremony organised by The Scoop Media Group in Buea, to honour some outstanding and selfless personalities in Cameroon.
“I won’t stop, I won’t relent with the little breath that God has given me. I will humble myself and continue doing this mission, having on board many women, especially, so that together tomorrow, will sing the song of overcoming the tides,” she told the press.
Esther Omam announced they will be organising the first-ever National Women Peace Convention in July this year, during which women will be joining forces to end the ongoing conflict.
The Executive Director of Reach Out, a Non-Governmental Organisation she founded, says the recent award by The Scoop Media symbolises the three key activities that her organisation has been carrying out to alleviate poverty among English-speaking masses.
Among humanitarian activities, she has been instrumental in peace and mediation activities in the crisis. Through these, she says her organization, Reach Out, alongside partners, has helped over 600,000 persons affected by the ongoing crisis in the Northwest and Southwest in the areas of health, nutrition, gender-based violence, and sanitation.
“I wouldn’t have had this award if there was no crisis in the Southwest and Northwest regions of this country. The past five years ago, all that we understood or knew was about the conflict in the North between Cameroon and Boko Haram, and suddenly we found ourselves in the nightmare, where we got into a serious conflict which I call senseless war today. And this has caused so many lives, huge displacements, causing people to become refugee, people are homeless, people have lost their economic power, access to farmland, people have been brutalised, women have been violated, children have been denied access to education,” she told the press after receiving the award last Monday.
She charged all Cameroonians to join her peace and mediation drive toward ending the crisis that has displaced over a million English-speaking Cameroonians, killing over 4,000 and causing untold hardship.
“We can only overcome and go back to the peace we enjoyed before when we sit and meditate; when every Cameroonian becomes a mediator for this conflict… this is when we will see we are marching towards peace,” she said.