Monday, September 9, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: At least 80 people were reported killed in the month of August according to International Crisis Group

In its monthly report of the conflict zones, the International Non-Governmental Organization Crisis Group (ICG) reports that violence in the north-west and south-west regions of Cameroon killed at least 80 people in August.

The so-called "Anglophone" socio-political crisis affecting the regions of North-West and South-West Cameroon, which has entered a new phase since December 2017, "could be more violent in September", warns the organization in its new monthly report published on September 4, 2019.

"The life sentence of the ten separatist leaders has further degraded the security situation in the English-speaking regions, and the separatists could intensify the violence in September to enforce the slogan of the dead city," said International Crisis Group. .

In its report, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) estimates that at least 12 military and police officers, more than 77 civilians and suspected separatists were killed in fighting in both regions from 1 to 30 August 2019.

 "At least 40 people were killed in the north-west when the army clashed with armed groups between 24 and 25 August. On 9 August there were clashes between the army and the secessionists. The number of people killed is still unknown, "says the NGO in its report.

This crisis, which has lasted for almost three years in the north-west and south-west regions of Cameroon, had degenerated on 1 October 2017, on the sidelines of the symbolic proclamation of independence of the alleged state of Ambazonia by secessionist militants.

To break this deadlock, the International Crisis Group had proposed in a previous report that Cameroonian and international actors should put pressure on the Government and the separatists. Between the secession wanted by the separatists and the decentralization proposed by Yaoundé, the NGO indicates that median solutions must be explored to give more autonomy to the regions.