A priest says the latest atrocity in the ongoing unrest in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions is “not acceptable in the 21st century”. Source: Crux.
At least 22 people were killed on February 14 in the Ngarbuh district of Ntumbo in Cameroon’s northwest region - one of two English-speaking regions in the country.
Locals say members of the military carried out the killings, while the government blames the deaths on “an accident” when fuel was set on fire during a firefight with separatists. At least 14 of the dead were children.
Cleretian Fr Esua Andrew Forka posted a video on YouTube calling the event a “massacre.”
“It is too much. It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, a government, managed by some individuals, should set out to eliminate their people. On February 14, 2020, the military came and killed babies, killed mothers, killed even unborn children, burnt houses … that is too much. It is unacceptable. The international community must rise. It is no more time for advice, it’s time for action,” the priest said.
“Violence begets violence. As the government is using violent methods to solve this problem, it’s not going to end today because the anger they are planting in the hearts of babies, children, and families … this anger can never be quenched, except that we stand up as a people and decide whether we want to live together or separate,” Fr Forka continued.
The crisis in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest regions started in 2016 as a protest by Anglophone lawyers and teachers over attempts to destroy the education and common law systems practiced in the English-speaking regions, but quickly degenerated into an armed rebellion with many English speakers demanding outright independence.
The conflict has killed at least 3000 people, and left over 500,000 others displaced, according to the United Nations.