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Title:Disruptive colonial boundaries and attempts to resolve land/boundary disputes in the Grasslands of Bamenda, Cameroon
Author:Mbah, Emmanuel M.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution (ISSN 1562-6997)
Volume:9
Issue:3
Pages:11-32
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Germany
Great Britain
Subjects:colonial policy
boundaries
boundary conflicts
conflict resolution
Bamenda
1900-1999
Link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcdisruptive-colonial-boundaries-and-attempts-to-resolve-landboundary-disputes-in-the-grasslands-of-bamenda-cameroon/
Abstract:The 1990s ushered in an unprecedented wave of violent land/boundary disputes between village-groups in the Grasslands of Bamenda, North-West Province of Cameroon, on a scale that had never been witnessed before. Widespread hardship, introduced by the prevailing economic crisis, was blamed for these disputes. But on closer examination it became clear that land/boundary disputes in the region have their roots in European (German, later British) colonial rule, and derive largely from administrative policies that were disruptive of inter-village boundaries. Despite the efforts of British colonial authorities to resolve these disputes before the close of the colonial era, they have persisted because postcolonial administrations in Cameroon have failed to judiciously address them. Notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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