Monday, February 24, 2020

Army kiIIs 30 civilians in Fungom after Ngarbuh Scene

This is non-stop climbing in Cameroon, where killings of people in English-speaking regions continue to be perpetrated.

Exactly one week after a massacre perpetrated on February 15 by the Cameroonian army in Ngarbuh (North-West region) which cost their lives to 23 people including 11 very young children, or rather 32 according to residents, another killing mass murder of 20 people has been reported in another locality in the same English-speaking region of the North West, according to a dispatch from the Cameroonian journalist in exile, Michel Mbiem Tong. 

Journalist who spent more than three weeks in a torture center in Cameroon in 2018 before being transferred dying to Kondengui prison, for claiming that the army was carrying out genocide in the English-speaking area, says that this second wave Assassinations took place in Fungom, where Cameroonian soldiers, with the help of a Bororo militia, massacred around 20 people. 

"From local sources," he writes, "about twenty civilians from the Fungom village (Menchum, northwest English-speaking) were killed this Saturday, February 22, 2020 during an invasion of the Cameroonian army, supported by a Bororo militia. The same sources speak of a dozen burned houses." 

"Despite the drama of Ngarbuh on February 14, the army continues in its murderous streak with the help of the Bororo community that thugs in power in Yaoundé present as a persecuted community and victim of genocide while they are leaving serve to fight the Bantu populations in the English-speaking area who support the English-speaking separatists ”, he informs on the Deeper Truth platform.

Two days before the announcement of the Fungom massacre, it was the massacre of 9 other English speakers who was reported on February 20 in the locality of Bakundu (Southwest region). 

Since the end of 2016, the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, the North-West and the South-West, have been asking for the return to the old federal system which had been at the origin of their reunification with Cameroon, before the old President, Ahidjo Ahmadou Babatoura fomented the constitutional heist of May 20, 1972 which led to the establishment of the unitary state. In the absence of a return to the federal state, the English-speaking people think of secession altogether. The government has so far accepted neither of the two options and, on the other hand, has imposed on them a type of decentralization provided for in the 1996 constitution, but which has never been implemented. Faced with the refusal of the English speakers, the army and the police were sent to the field to "bring them back to calm", causing thousands of deaths, arrests, and deportations in the process. 

Since then, the number of people killed has been estimated at nearly 40,000 (more than three quarters of them are unarmed civilian populations and taking no part in any combat). Officially, however, the government, civil society, human rights NGOs, humanitarians, journalists... continue to make cheap estimates, sometimes speaking of 2,000, 3,000, or 12,000 dead at most, while each passing day saves its share of deaths in at least half of the 65 municipalities in the two English-speaking regions of the country.