Bertrand Baiyee, AmbaNews24, Buea, Fako County
Between October 2016, and September 2020, an estimated 15,000 Southern Cameroonians/Ambazonians have been killed.
On September 12, 2020, La Republique du Cameroun armed forces attacked and killed 15 unarmed civilians while they were pulling sand out of a river basin in a CDC Camp called “Campdef” in the locality of Malende, near the town of Muyuka in the Southern Zone of the former British Cameroons. Eyewitnesses have confirmed to AmbaNews24 that these 15 young men were targeted and brutally killed for no other reason except for the fact that they were young men thought to be of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia decent. One witness who saw the killings from a safe distance said these men committed no crime, and were going about their daily activity until were surprised, and shot by the military.
The eye witness to the killing said that he saw a truckload of French Cameroun military approach the river basin area in “Campdef” as several men were busy with pulling sand from the river bed. “I was standing nearby in a safe hideout,” the witness said, “The army (LRC Military) came in an armored vehicle and suddenly opened fire indiscriminately at the men near the river, and went on to break down doors of nearby homes and killed more than 15 people and I was lucky I was able to escape”
Between October 2016, and September 2020, an estimated 15,000 Southern Cameroonians/Ambazonians have been killed. Most of the dead are civilians caught in the brutal war of occupation and colonialism by La Republique du Cameroun forces.
For a country that has been thought off as being the most peaceful of African nations with the most turbulent past, the scale and speed of the slaughter of the people of Southern Cameroons have left many reeling.
Violent attacks against civilians in Southern Cameroons by LRC occupying forces have been rife since the crisis started in late 2016. Human Rights Watch has documented widespread torture, and killings of civilians as well as the destruction of property, by the Cameroun forces since the start of the brutal genocidal campaign in 2018. Armed separatists have also killed hundreds of members of security forces amid growing calls for the independence of Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia. LRC forces on a daily continue to commit serious human rights violations including unlawful killings, destruction of property, sexual violence, and torture unabated.