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
It is one year on, Ngarbuh where the arson attack and dreaded killings occurred is not fully reconstructed with few signs of the burnings
Even its perpetrators are yet to be sentenced, they’re expected back in court on February 18, 2021 for the third hearing since 2020 – after two adjournments.
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
Since 2017, we have staked our lives to provide tailor-made news reports to our readers from war zones and hot political rivalries in Cameroon - And we do so for FREE. As a small online media now reaching over 100,000 monthly readers on all our platforms, we have to rely on hiring a small team to help keep you informed The best way to support our online reporting is by considering a measly sum for our team on the ground as little as $1. Now you can make a donation to us below, it only takes one click...