Celebrated Cameroonian writer, Djaila Amal has urged authorities to seek an end to the four-year-long crisis in the country’s minority English-speaking regions.
She made the remark shortly after winning the Goncourt Prize for High School Students awarded in France.
She made the call shortly after receiving her award during the ceremony held via video conferencing.
The writer who has of late been a sensation and inspiration in her field also decried the Kumba school massacre of October 24.
She also talked about the plight of women and kids in the country’s northern regions which have been suffering from the adverse effects of the Boko Haram insurgency for years now.
Despite the challenges, education, she said, should not be sacrificed for anything.
The writer, born in Maroua, it should be recalled, was herself a victim of some of the challenges faced by girls in the northern regions including an early marriage at 17. She has since used her literary voice to shed light on these ills.
Her first work was titled ‘Walaande: the art of sharing a husband,. Her Goncourt-winning novel dwells on a series of societal ills including polygamy, forced marriages, and marital rape.