Since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, many communities have suffered losses, both human and material. A lot of property have been destroyed by both separatist fighters and the Cameroon military. According to Human Right Watch, both the Cameroon military and separatist fighters are responsible for the spiral violence in Anglophone Cameroon.
One of the most disturbing incidents in the history of the Anglophone crisis is what is now referred to as the Ngarbuh massacre which took place on February 14th 2020.
The military, assisted by some local Fulani gunmen murdered over 13 civilians including pregnant women and children. This incident attracted condemnation worldwide as many people demanded justice for the victims of Ngarbuh Massacre. After investigations, the government held the military responsible for the brutal February 14 killings in Ngarbuh.
According to some sources, it has been more than a week that soldiers are stationed in Ngarbuh-Ntumbaw village. Caterpillars accompanied by military men are reported to be moving along the Ngarbuh road which has been deserted due to constant clashes between the military and separatist fighters. The creation of this military base in Ngarbuh is a recommendation by the commission that investigated the massacre.
The establishment of this military base just like the Ngarbuh massacre itself has attracted a lot of condemnation. Many people are against the creation of this military base because perpetrators of the Ngarbuh massacre are yet to be sanctioned. Some are of the argument that the creation of the military base has come at a wrong time because the families of the massacred women and children of the incident at Ngarbuh are yet to recover from the the shock this incident left them in.
Locals who are still living in the trauma of the incident and cannot stand the military staying in the Ngarbuh Ntumbaw neighborhood. According to some residents, the creation of this military base is a form of mockery and intimidation by the government so that justice will not be served for the massacred women and children of Ngarbuh. Some say what the community needs now is schools and hospitals, though many people doubt if these places can become functional as many people are still living in fear.
Civilians continue to pay the ultimate price as the 4-year long conflict continue to escalate. The UNHCR says there are over 60.000 Anglophone Cameroonians living in Nigeria as refugees. Thousands have lost their lives and some have sort for refuge in bushes, living under horrible conditions.