Residents of Cameroon’s Northwest region are faced with raids from both military and Separatists fighters. With the outbreak of COVID-19 in Cameroon, residents now have to deal with fighting against the spread of the novel virus and constant raids.
In Bafut, Mezam Division, Northwest Region of Cameroon, many are said to have been arrested and one allegedly killed by military raid. According to some reports, the soldiers in their raid on Sunday, April 26 stormed the Bafut locality. This sent many residents into hiding in bushes for safety. Many were arrested though later released and some houses were set ablaze in Mamkwi a village in Bafut Subdivision. One person is reported to have died from this incident.
As a result, people now have to live in constant fear of being attacked by either the military, separatists’ fighters or Coronavirus. According to Grace Ngwa, a resident in the Bafut locality, she is now not sure which is more frightening, the raids or COVID-19. “They asked us to keep safe from Coronavirus by staying home. Yet we can’t stay at home in peace. We are being forced to flee our houses because we are always under attacks. So how do we avoid getting infecting by staying home when our houses are on fire? It is really heartbreaking because we are in a state of confusion. We don’t know what to do. We don’t have anywhere to run to. We are now caught between the deadly virus and constant raids. How do we survive this?” She said.
Many residents are calling on the government to put an end to the crisis so peace can return to Northwest.