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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Five (5) Cameroon soldiers reportedly killed in a recent attack

Ambazonia Defense Forces Battle with Cameroun Military, five Cameroon military men have lost their lives in the battle, no reports of deaths on the side of the Ambazonia Defense Forces.

Kumbo: Ambazonia northern region has seen a new wave of renewed fighting between the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) and the Cameroon military forces in the last twenty-four hours. The fierce battles that have filled the air with uncountable gunshots from both sides and set both camps moving from one end of the area to the other in attacks and counter-attacks are apparently not yet over. The fighting has been ongoing from Melif to Kumbo to Shisong.

Our reporter confirmed that at least five Cameroon military men have lost their lives in the battle and many others wounded. There are no reports of deaths on the side of the Ambazonia Defense Forces.

The atmosphere is still tense with high possibilities of renewed fighting.

From the look of things and the report reaching our news desk, It became evident that Cameroon president Mr Paul Biya’s disarmament commission has not been effective.

Christopher Voss once said “The secret to gaining the upper hand in a negotiation is to give the other side the illusion of control. Don’t try to force your opponent to admit that you are right. Ask questions, that begin with ‘How?’ or ‘What?’ so your opponent uses mental energy to figure out the answer.

The Ambazonian Defence Forces seem to be playing this strategy with one of Africa longest dictator in power. Samira Daoud of Amnesty International West and Central Africa Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns said “People in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions are in the grip of a deadly cycle of violence. Security forces have indiscriminately killed, arrested and tortured people during military operations which have also displaced thousands of civilians.

A source at the frontline who spoke to our reporter said “Threats by the dictator to annihilate the Ambazonian people have fallen on deaf ears as our defence forces remain resilient in the defence of our territory and our lives. It’s our duty to protect the innocent women and children being tortured, raped and killed indiscriminately by the Cameroon military.

A top UN official said humanitarian crises in Central Africa “have not only persisted, but several have grown further” adding that “one in seven people” in the region urgently need assistance and protection compared to one in 70 people globally.

Ghelani said Cameroon’s internally displaced had tripled in the past six months making it “one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa.” She added, “The majority of the displaced are hiding in dense forests, without adequate shelter and lacking food, water and basic services; schools and markets are also disrupted, and there are alarming health needs.”

François Louncény Fall, Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council that he remained concerned about the situation in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon, as violence had not diminished and allegations of human rights violations by the government continued to be reported.

Bertrand Baiye of ABNtv contributed to the verification of the Frontline report.