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The official site of the separatist movement of the South Cameroon shows the flag as
André Pires Godinho, 02 Feb 2003
The latest edition of Whitakers Almanac states that secessionists declared the
establishment of The Federal Republic of Southern Cameroon in December 1999.
Graham Knight 29 Nov 2000
The national motto of the Federal Republic of [Southern?] Cameroon
shall be "PEACE WORK FATHERLAND".
The flag shall be of three vertical stripes of Green, Red and Yellow and charged with two intersecting gold circles in the middle of the Red stripe surrounded by four golden stars of equal size.
Nick, 29 Nov 2000
A look at http://www.southerncameroons.org
will give you more details - but nothing about the flag.
In spite of its name, Southern Cameroon is the northern and Anglophone part of
Cameroon. A proposed flag for the Southern Cameroons National Council
has nine alternating stripes of white and blue with a blue canton containing 13
stars circle and a dove.
Olivier Touzeau 29 Nov 2000
Cameroon security forces move in against separatists
YAOUNDE, Jan 13 - Security forces were deployed in large numbers Thursday after secessionist demonstrations and arrests in Cameroon's mainly English-speaking South-West Province, witnesses said. Residents of Buea and Limbe, reached by telephone, said that security forces were posted at strategic points in the two towns following the arrest of several secessionist activists at the weekend.
Members of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) held marches in the towns, using the flag of Cameroon from the first years after independence, with two stars signifying federalism and a bilingual republic. Today, English-speakers contest Francophone domination.
In a statement issued in Buea, retired ambassador Henry Fossung, recognised hitherto as the SCNC president, accused another wing of the movement led by Esuka Ndoki Mukete of seeking to "announce the creation of a Democratic Republic of Southern Cameroon". Ndoki Mukete reacted to this allegation by announcing his resignation from the movement, adding: "At no time have I used or recommended the use of force or violence in SCNC activities."
Cameroon, once a German colony, was parceled out into French and English protectorates. Part of the British Cameroons in 1961 voted to join a federation with French territory while the remainder decided to merge with neighbouring Nigeria. In May 1972, separate state institutions were abolished and the Federal Republic of Cameroon was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon.
David C. Fowler, 14 Jan 2001
Image by Željko Heimer, 20 Jan 2006
An other variant of the flag is shown on http://kabuin.tripod.com/photo_gallery/index.album?i=5
as illustrated above.
Valentin Poposki, 28 Jul 2006
Nigeria has agreed to hand over the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon. Nigerian flags have been lowered there. A group of the Bakassi Movement for Self-Determination (BMOSD), opposed to the decision, has decided to declare Bakassi Peninsula an independent republic. A supposedly "newly-designed" flag has been raised, although commentators cannot agree on this. Sun News Online mentions that "The anthem, and a flag, ... have been prepared a few years ago when they first considered self-determination as a home grown response to a possible loss of the peninsula ...".
BMOSD militants regarded their land as Nigerian but consider that Nigeria has let them down and thus do not want to keep any link with Nigeria either. Besides, Bakassa is said to have been enjoying a substantial degree of autonomy for a long time. The peninsula has a monarch and thus it is not merely a fantasy nation.
However, the most precise description I have been able to find so far is here which states : "the flag, a white-and-blue striped material, with 10 stars representing the community's clans"..
The description sounds strangely similar to the separatists flag of
Southern Cameroons. Indeed, to add to the confusion, here is a quote
from a forum (ICI Cemac website): "those who have proclaimed
independence in Bakassi are Southern Cameroonians and not Nigerians.
They have hosted our Southern Cameroonian blue and white flag and not
any other flag". A South Cameroons
website claims that Bakassi is
South Cameroons territory. The flag hoisted in Bakassi has the same number
of stars as that of Southern Cameroons but the explanation of that
number, according to the above quote, should be different. Moreover, the
flag drawn on the South Cameroons website has 13 stars... Yet the
resemblance seems too obvious to be purely coincidental.
Thanh-Tâm Lê, 13 Aug 2006