February 14 reminds Cameroonians of a deadly massacre which occurred in Ngarbuh, village of Donga Mantung division of the North west region.
The attack left 23 people dead, majority of them being children and women
In most recent news, the Yaounde Military court has again adjourned the case of military soldiers arrested in connection to the massacre.
It is one year since its perpetrators were announced after the government claimed they had carried out a proper investigation. However, the perpetrators are yet to be sentenced
The February 18 adjournment was the third hearing since 2020. The soldiers are expected to be back in court on March 18, 2021
Biya’s 80 Million Donation
On February 5, 2021, Cameroon’s President Paul Biya said he was offering 80 million CFA as relief fund to victims of the massacre
But Biya’s 80 million aid doesn’t seem to solve the problem
Although the government said the military men who committed the atrocities are being detained, she has not announced their sentence
The president has also not set rules for further killings to stop by instructing the military to stop shooting unarmed civilians and suspects (at least no instruction has been put out for public notice)
Even so, many more critics think the root cause of all the problem– The Cameroon Anglophone Crisis–is yet to be resolved.
Government and separatist fighters have both refused to dialogue with each other
The result of their daily gun fights is misery and pain to the communities.
At least 5,000 people have been killed, 200+ villages burnt down, thousands incarcerated in congested stinking cells and more than 500,000 people displaced off their homes
The Cameroon Anglophone crisis began in 2016 and is 5 years on with little signs of dialogue
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