Members of the U.S. Friends of Marafa Committee (USFMC) and Marafa Watch (MW) supporters extended a Happy National Day to the Republic of Cameroon on May 20, 2014, the premiere day for their documentary, "INJUSTICE ANYWHERE - The Story Behind a U.S. Protest for Cameroon Political Prisoner, Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya”.
While the May 20th online premiere party began at 7 pm CT, which was early morning on May 21st in Cameroon, all were and are encouraged to view the documentary at their earliest convenience.
INJUSTICE ANYWHERE introduces viewers to Marafa’s plight and seeks to explain why Americans should care and be willing to push for his freedom.  To view the documentary, CLICK HERE   

Members of the U.S. Friends of Marafa Committee (USFMC) and Marafa Watch (MW) supporters extended a Happy National Day to the Republic of Cameroon on May 20, 2014, the premiere day for their documentary, "INJUSTICE ANYWHERE - The Story Behind a U.S. Protest for Cameroon Political Prisoner, Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya”.

While the May 20th online premiere party began at 7 pm CT, which was early morning on May 21st in Cameroon, all were and are encouraged to view the documentary at their earliest convenience.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE introduces viewers to Marafa’s plight and seeks to explain why Americans should care and be willing to push for his freedom.  To view the documentary, CLICK HERE   


Birthday Wishes For All The Best To Minister Marafa!

Marafa Watch supporters and U.S. Friends of Marafa Committee members proudly extend their wishes for the very best to Minister Marafa on this 62nd anniversary of his birth.

Birthday Wishes For All The Best To Minister Marafa!

Marafa Watch supporters and U.S. Friends of Marafa Committee members proudly extend their wishes for the very best to Minister Marafa on this 62nd anniversary of his birth.


DEMOCRACY WITHOUT BORDERS: U.S. Friends of Marafa Take To The Streets


A Recap by Zena Crenshaw-Logal, Coordinator
Marafa Watch Anniversary Demonstration in Washington, D.C.
April 23, 2014


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DEMOCRACY WITHOUT BORDERS: U.S. Friends of Marafa Take To The Streets

A Recap by Zena Crenshaw-LogalCoordinator

Marafa Watch Anniversary Demonstration in Washington, D.C.

April 23, 2014

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Some Marafa Watch supporters warmed up for their April 23, 2014 protest of the Republic of Cameroon’s Embassy in Washington, D.C. by demanding more transparency from and democratic operations by their own U.S. Supreme Court.  The related call for cameras in America’s High Court was shared via banners displayed in front of the Court’s building in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2014.



On April 23, 2014, members of the U.S. Friends of Marafa Committee and (USFMC) Marafa Watch (MW) supporters will protest outside the Cameroon Embassy in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the April 2012 arrest of Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya as well as MW’s first year anniversary.  The entire experience will be the substance of a MW documentary, “Injustice Anywhere − The Story Behind a U.S. Protest for Cameroon Political Prisoner Marafa Hamidou Yaya.”
For details, and to RSVP for the USFMC and MW anniversary demonstration:  CLICK HERE
To view a preview of “Injustice Anywhere”:  CLICK HERE 
Episode II:  Why, as an American, should I care about or protest for Marafa?  To view: CLICK HERE

On April 23, 2014, members of the U.S. Friends of Marafa Committee and (USFMC) Marafa Watch (MW) supporters will protest outside the Cameroon Embassy in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the April 2012 arrest of Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya as well as MW’s first year anniversary.  The entire experience will be the substance of a MW documentary, “Injustice Anywhere − The Story Behind a U.S. Protest for Cameroon Political Prisoner Marafa Hamidou Yaya.”

For details, and to RSVP for the USFMC and MW anniversary demonstration:  CLICK HERE

  • To view a preview of “Injustice Anywhere”:  CLICK HERE 
  • Episode II:  Why, as an American, should I care about or protest for Marafa?  To view: CLICK HERE


Underlings And Mercenaries Are Plunging Our Country - Marafa writes again from jail

From the cover of the Cameroon Daily Journal:

"Marafa Hamidou Yaya is once more swinging from behind the iron curtain at his kondengue maximum-security prison. In yet another letter, the 8th of its kind, addressed to President Biya, subject matter related to the murder of his former aide, Christiane Soppo Mbango, Marafa alleges that gov’t hirelings killed her, and he wants the regime to take the investigation seriously."

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MW:    Maître Kofele-Kale, merci de prendre du temps pour parler avec nous de ces derniers développements qui sont d’un grand intérêt pour ceux qui nous soutiennent. Pourriez-vous nous faire part de vos avis et commentaires sur le décret présidentiel du 18 Février 2014 libérant certains prisonniers?

Kofele-Kale:  C’était beaucoup de bruit et un grand remue ménage pour pas grand chose en réalité. Après un examen attentif de ce décret, il semble avoir été taillé sur mesure pour un petit groupe ciblé de prisonniers. Avec une dextérité impressionnante, le président Biya a libéré deux des nombreux prisonniers politiques qui croupissent dans nos prisons. Le Professeur Titus Edzoa, son ancien secrétaire général et ministre qui était aussi son médecin personnel de longue date, et M. Thierry Atangana, un Franco-camerounais, ont été autorisés à sortir du camp militaire où ils avaient passé les 17 dernières années de leur vie . Divers groupes de défense des Droits de l’Homme, aussi bien à l’intérieur qu’à l’extérieur du Cameroun, ont attiré à plusieurs reprises l’attention sur les conditions de détention cruelles et inhumaines auxquelles ces prisonniers ont été soumis. La décision de mettre enfin un terme à cette violation flagrante du droit international auquel le Cameroun a souscrit mérite d’être saluée.

MW:    Le ministre camerounais de la communication et porte parole du gouvernement a qualifié l’acte présidentiel de “geste humanitaire”. En est-ce un?

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Immediately behind Minister Marafa, pictured to the left above, is Barrister Kofele-Kale in full regalia during the 2012 trial which ended in Marafa’s conviction and corresponding imprisonment for “intellectual complicity” in the misappropriation of public funds.  

MW:    Barrister Kofele-Kale, thank you for taking time to speak with us about these latest developments of great interest to our supporters.  Kindly tell us your thoughts and comments on the Presidential Decree of 18 February 2014 freeing some prisoners.

Kofele-Kale:  It was all sound and fury signifying little! Upon close examination the decree appears to have been tailor-made for a small discrete group of prisoners. With an impressive sleight of hand, President Biya freed two out of the many political prisoners languishing in our prisons. Professor Titus Edzoa, his former secretary general and cabinet minister who was also his longtime personal doctor, and Mr. Thierry Atangana, a Franco-Cameroonian, were allowed to step out of the military camp where they had spent the last 17 years of their lives. Various human rights groups, inside and outside Cameroon, repeatedly drew attention to the cruel and inhumane conditions of detention to which these prisoners were subjected. The decision to finally put a stop to this egregious violation of the law of nations to which Cameroon subscribes is to be admired.

MW:    Cameroon’s Minister of Communications and Government spokesman has characterized the President’s action as a “humanitarian gesture.” Is it?

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An OpEd by Dr. Andrew D. Jackson …

All Americans Should Be Outraged Over The Continued Imprisonment Of Marafa Hamidou Yaya!

Avid Marafa supporters need only realize that world stability, peace, and development are the cost of idly watching prospective agents of positive, global change linger in prison based on specious criminal charges and convictions. Minister Marafa is among those potential change agents − cut very much from the same cloth of South Africa’s late President Nelson Mandela.

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An OpEd by Gail Jefferson, originally published at Daily Kos

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As much as the U.S. Friends of Marafa Committee (USFMC) commends Cameroon’s President Biya on commuting the prison sentences of some victims of Opération Epervier, our members and supporters are far from appeased.  More work remains to be done, and the USFMC will not hesitate to mobilize its grassroots organizations to insist on reasonable progress as well as to combat Cameroon’s acts against humanity that directly affront American taxpayers!

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