Friday, January 24, 2020

On Tuesday, houses were burned in Ambazonia villages by BIR soldiers - report says

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At least two new villages in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon have been burned following new military raids in the northwest region of the country, confirmed the National Telegraph.

Residents of the Pinyin clan, where these two villages are located in the country's Mezam division, say that six Cameroonian army trucks have entered the villages from Bali Nyonga, a nearby neighborhood where soldiers have perpetuated the devastation. 

The raids were systematically carried out from Monday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 21, 2020, during which several houses were burned down and at least three people brutally murdered by elements of the Cameroonian army, according to sources. 

The village of Mentin was violently attacked during which houses were set on fire in its districts of Asuu and Metanyin. In the village of Muwah, houses were set on fire in the Kongmission district, residents confirmed. 

The raids also left at least three people dead. Ndoh Esau, Moses Muluh and Awa Festus were killed Monday, January 20, 2020 in Asuu, an insider said, adding that several stores had also been looted and that civilian property and property had been taken away. These areas have also been deserted for fear of further military attacks. 

Pinyin is one of the largest clans in the division with six villages; Menka, Buchi, Mesoh, Meshighe, Mentin and Muwah. These raids have been described as the most insensitive of the clan since the beginning of 2020.

In Bali Nyonga, a city in the northwest that shares borders with the villages of Pinyin, several houses were burned down and three others killed following a previous military raid that began on Friday, January 17, 2020. 

The country Central Africa is in its third year of armed conflict in the English-speaking regions of the northwest and southwest of the country after a declaration of independence by Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, called president of Ambazonia, the new rebels of the state are fighting to establish. 

To date, at least 14,000 people have been killed in military battles and raids, and more than 400 villages have been burned. Thousands of people are detained in various detention centers, including Ayuk Tabe and nine others sentenced to life. More than two million people remain displaced as refugees and internally displaced. 

President Paul Biya called for a national dialogue in late 2019 to resolve the crisis, but ended up politicizing it, political experts say, adding that it has been completely boycotted by the rebels. The 86-year-old dictator has now sworn in his New Year's televised speech to his country to crush the separatists, referring to those who were fighting to establish Ambazonia.