Despite the declaration of a cease fire by the UN in all crisis hit areas, violence still continues to grow by the day in Cameroon’s restive regions. Cameroon’s Northwest Region has recently been the most hit region with deadly clashes claiming so many lives and properties.
According to some reports, a young man was allegedly shot dead by a lieutenant in Northwest region. Sources say the driving apprentice was arrested by soldiers together with his boss and locked up in Bambili. The next day, when his family went to inquire about him from the police post, the lieutenant told them he has shot the boy and dumped his corpse at mile 10 Bambui. He told the family to go there and retrieve the corpse. It was also mentioned this same lieutenant was also responsible for the killing of women and children in Babanki.
Two people are also reported to have been killed in a tribal violence in Ntumbaw. According to the traditional ruler of Ntumbaw, Nfor Mohammed, about 30 armed men of the fulani community attacked his village and killed 2 of his tribesmen. This attack came after the Fulani claimed that 7 of their people were killed by separatist fighters from his village. The traditional ruler pleads with the government to intervene so peace can reign
Peace is far-fetched
The idea for peace to return in the Northwest sounds like a myth. This is because clashes are inevitable. Separatist fighters have refused to lay down their weapons as demanded by the government, and the military have refused to withdraw their troops from English Cameroon as demanded by the separatist fighters. Until both group come to a compromise, peace will never return to English Cameroon. While the military blame the separatist for the loss of lives and destruction of properties, the separatist on their part are pointing fingers at the military, for all atrocities.
According to Human Right Watch, both separatist fighters and the military are responsible for the loss of lives and destruction of properties in Cameroon’s restive regions. Clashes between these two have forced many people to flee and left others in the region under severe threats from both parties. Many people weep and yearn for peace to return to their villages. Many IDPs are going through immeasurable suffering as they have been forced to leave their villages and relocate to a strange land. Some of them are in the bushes fighting for space and food with wild animals.
Many are dying from starvation and diseases because they lack good food, portable water and health care facilities. Children have been made fatherless and women widows, everyday they cry and pray for peace to return to NW and SW so they can return to the normal lives. Peace seems far-fetched as things get worse by the days in these regions.