Thursday, December 5, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: UN condemns the brutal killing of one of its volunteers in North West

Pascal Ngwayi, from UN partner COMINSUD, was kidnapped on Saturday, November 30, 2019, then killed by unknown gunmen in Donga Mantung, a northwestern town in the grip of clashes between armed forces. order and security and secessionist fighters from Ambazonia.

According to local sources, the victim was conducting a humanitarian assessment to ensure that those in need were receiving timely and appropriate support. 

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon, Allegra Baiocchi, said in a statement on Sunday, December 1, 2019, that she strongly condemned the killing of this humanitarian worker in northwestern Cameroon. 

"I am deeply saddened by the news of the horrendous execution of a humanitarian worker last night. On behalf of the United Nations and the wider humanitarian community, our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues, "said Baiocchi. Before stating that "Humanitarian workers risk everything to help those most in need. They must be respected and protected, not targeted. The continuation of attacks on humanitarian workers only adds to the suffering of civilians because we can not conduct operations safely. Deliberate targeting of aid and humanitarian workers is a war crime. The United Nations reiterates its call to all armed actors to ensure the protection of humanitarian workers, to fully respect international humanitarian and human rights law, and to respect the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality. "

Residents of the region accuse the Cameroonian army of being responsible for the assassination, saying that armed groups fighting for the independence of the English-speaking zone do not attack United Nations volunteers.