JOHANNESBURG) – The ongoing separatist struggle in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions for autonomy is effecting employment in these regions with the country's second largest employer, the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), asserting its operations have been crippled by the conflict.
The agricultural giant has not been able to pay its staff for a year because of falling production and revenue, the Voice of America (VOA) reported.
Two years ago 2,000 people lived in the village of Meanja, a banana production centre in the English-speaking south-west, with many of the villagers employed by the CDC, which runs banana, palm oil, and rubber plantations.
Now the village is largely deserted with abandoned houses, empty schools and silent factories.
According to some of those previously employed in the company threats by armed separatists, and the killing of four workers and the wounding of dozens of others, forced the factory to close down, resulting in 560 Meanja employees losing their livelihoods.