Since the outbreak of the Anglophone crisis, there have been ruthless killings of civilians by both the Cameroon military and separatist fighters. Countless civilians have been killed by separatist fighters on grounds of informing the Cameroon military of their hideouts. Others on the other hand have been killed by the military for supporting separatist and hiding them.
Many other civilians have been killed by stray bullets from either the military or the separatist. Thousands have ruthlessly lost their lives, some have been forced to flee their villages and are now exposed to cruel and harsh conditions of living.
The height of it was the Ngarbuh Massacre of February 14, 2020. This led to the death of at least 10 children and 3 women, including a pregnant woman. Investigations were carried out and the Cameroon military were held responsible for the gruesome murder of helpless civilians.
It is clear the killings in Cameroon might never stop unless both warring parties agree for a ceasefire. Until both parties come to a compromise, innocent people will continue to be killed every day. Most deaths are as a result of people being caught up in gun battles between the military and separatist. Unless both completely stop shooting, death of many civilians is inevitable.