Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Heavy silence of the authorities after the violent attacks of Monday in Wum

The governor of the North West Region is yet to issue a statement on attacks in some communities of Wum, Menchum Division by some members of the Muslim community between Sunday, June 1 and Monday, June 2.

Attacks by the predominantly Mbororo indigenous Muslim community occur after one of them was killed in their Upkwa settlement between May 30 and 31, as suspected separatists stormed the area, setting fire to the area. more than 40 houses, killing their animals and one of their brothers.

Shortly after the attacks, North West governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique condemned the attacks, saying the perpetrators would pay for their crimes. He also announced the creation of a commission to study their needs and that he would be treated immediately.

In retaliation, the group of Muslims burned more than 100 houses and injured many, while insisting on continuing to avenge the death of their brother.

Many were left homeless, including the destruction of two palaces in the area, but the administration of the region did not comment on the attacks, to the dismay of many.

The silence of the administrators of the region vis-à-vis some is linked to the fact that his military conducted interviews while Mbororos was vengeance, which for them, is another form of consent on the part of administrators.

The ongoing war between Mbororos and the community left many people in fear because it could easily provoke a religious or intertribal war. The Fulani have accused separatist fighters of killing and seizing their animals when the crisis began, with most Amba boys moving to the Fulani-inhabited hills.

These Fulanis reported the case to security agents and collaborated with them to track down armed separatists. This provoked a cold war between the two parties, affecting the community, which is often accused of working with separatists.