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North West: Inhabitants receive Support from the Regional End of Year Cultural festival

Over 400 internally displaced persons, orphans, physically challenged, the elderly and very sick persons amongst others have on Friday 23 December 2022 received material and financial assistance from the North West Regional Assembly.

This was at the courtyard of the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam, Upstation on the occasion of the Regional end-of-year cultural festival 2022.

Held on the theme Fostering Peace, Solidarity, and Living Together, the one-day festival organized by the North West Regional Assembly in collaboration with the Regional Coordinator for the UNDP North West was also used as an avenue to encourage those who were present to forgive one another.

The President of the Regional Assembly Prof Fru Angwafo III stated that the main aim is to bring people together.

"For the past six years, we have had a difficult living together in the region. Movement of people and goods has been difficult so imagine how it has been for the needy, people who are physically challenged, orphans, and the sick. So we at the regional assembly thought that all those who are in need in all parts of the region, or at least those that can be brought here, should share the small joy of living", he said.

This cultural festival also channeled the importance of respecting regions and the country's core values a tool used in fostering peace and social cohesion.

"In this process, we hope that everyone should know that we're one another's keepers. That is why you saw people from all the divisions and from all walks of life, who are here and especially to sue for peace. When we meet and show our talents as our young children did, we're likely to speak a more friendly language, a more peaceful language and we will show love, empathy, and compassion" President of the Regional Assembly Prof Angwafo III Fru added. 

The occasion was graced by the governor of the North West region Adolphe Lele L'Afrique who appreciated the efforts of everyone working to bring peace to the region.

"I will seize the opportunity to congratulate the regional assembly for what they are doing to bring people together, to improve living together in our beloved country. I am therefore appealing to the population to assist the security forces, "you see something you say something because it is a common objective of everyone," he said.

While showing his overflow of gratitude to the regional assembly for her kind gesture, Bouba Ismaela Aboubakar, a physically impaired man explains how life has been for the past two years.

"These things will help me a lot because I will not go out for a long time to search for what to eat and I am very happy because of this. The blanket and the bucket will help my family and me"

"The major difficulty I face is mobility. To take a taxi or a bike I may spend like an hour in n the taxi as the drivers will not easily carry me because of the wheelchair." 

The 35-year-old who hails from Mbengwi in Meta village was a security agent before the unfortunate accident that left him in a wheelchair.

The food and other relief materials handed to these denizens of the North West Region are expected to make their festive season celebration a memorable one.

By Tantan Patience

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