Monday, March 2, 2020

Crisis in Cameroon: A call on Paul Biya to protect Mbororos from 'Ambazonians'

The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa calls on the government to ensure the protection of the Mbororo, considered to be a nomadic people.

The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (Redhac) denounces and condemns the massacre of the Mbororo populations in the English-speaking region of the North West. In its press release, the Redhac relates assassinations of the populations raised on February 14 and 16, 2020. 

On the first date, the Redhac notes that there were around thirty people killed, including children under 5 years of age, in the Ngarbuh district. For the second date, the Network led by Maximilienne Ngo Mbe indicates that the separatists have taken the life of an entire family in the locality of Mbui-Mbem, arrondissement of Nwa in the department of Donga-Mantung. 

“There is no evidence of links between the two incidents (Ngarbuh and Mbui-Mbem). They took place in two remote locations. Many other cases of extrajudicial executions have taken place during the conflict in the past three years. The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa would like to inform you of the fact that this umpteenth demonstration of crime takes place in the context of awaiting the official results of the double ballot on February 9, 2020, "read the press release. press reached the editorial staff of Agence Cameroun Presse.

The Redhac therefore challenges the government by reminding it that the Mbororo are considered a nomadic people. The Network calls on the latter, the security forces and the authorities to ensure the protection and security of these people, because they appear to have been targeted by the separatists. 

"According to human rights activists, the Mbororo are targeted by the separatists as an ethnic group because they accuse them of supporting the government, for their wealth in cattle, for settling scores on disputes historic land and the fact that, by their way of life, they are the most vulnerable, located in remote areas, where the separatists have set up their camps ... According to Mbororo activists, approximately 11,755 Mbororo have been displaced, including 3,755 children and 246 people killed, more than 153 million francs collected in ransom, more than 2,600 cattle seized and 470 of their houses burned down by the separatists ", writes the Network of Maximilienne Ngo Mbe.