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Wars and conflicts have played a tremendous role in the structural setup of the Bali Chamba societies and it has shaped the mentality of the people. This study provides an insight situation of the military elements of history with special focus on the contributions made by Bali Chamba women during inter-ethnic wars which correlated with various generations. The origin of these conflicts can be stress from Bali Chamba from the course of their migration, settlement and expansion in the BamendaGrassfields of Cameroon. Women’s role in conflict has contributed a solid formation of a valuable Bali military prowess and tradition based on organization, tactics and transmission. The military aptness has been transmitted from one generation to another, with adaptation to new realities based on the various historical epochs. An analysis of both primary and secondary data exploited for this study reveals that, women, though considered low-graded, were a vital force who made themselves a visible part of the Bali Chamba military history. This paper will examine the causes of conflict, women as food providers, moral support, porters of booty and care providers.


Les guerres et les conflits ont joué un rôle énorme dans l’installation structurelle des sociétés de Bali Chamba et transformé la mentalité des populations. Cette réflexion analyse les aspects militaires de l’histoire en mettant l’accent sur les contributions apportées par des femmes de Bali Chamba pendant les guerres interethniques qui se sont déroulées à travers diverses générations. L’origine de ces conflits peut être la pression Bali Chamba au cours de leur migration, peuplement et expansion vers les Grassfields de Bamenda au Cameroun. Le rôle des femmes pendant ces conflits a contribué à développer une formation solide relevant d'une prouesse et d'une tradition militaire précieuse de Bali basées sur l'organisation, la tactique et la transmission. L’aptitude militaire a été transmise d’une génération à l’autre, avec l’adaptation à de nouvelles réalités basées sur les diverses époques historiques. L’analyse des données primaires et secondaires exploitées pour cette étude indique que les femmes, bien que considérées de peu de valeur dans le domaine militaire, constituent une force in contournable dans l’histoire militaire de Bali Chamba. Cette étude examinera les causes du conflit, les femmes comme fournisseuses de nourriture, d'appui moral, les portiers du butin et les fournisseuses de soin.

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women inter-ethnic conflict Bali Chamba Bamenda Grassfields

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René Ngek Monteh, & Rachel NyongkahTati. (2019). The role of Bali Chamba Women in Inter-Ethnic Conflicts: A pre-colonial to post-colonial situation. Syllabus, 8(3). Retrieved from http://www.ens.cm/syllabus/index.php/SYLABUS/article/view/42

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