Is the government performing her responsibility of protecting her citizens?
The president of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, Agbor Balla proposes solutions to put an end to the massacres of civilians in the English-speaking regions.
I heard the news of the Ngarbuh massacre on social media and then contacted my office manager in the North-West so that he could verify whether this information disseminated with the shocking images is
true. He came into contact with the populations of Ngarbuh, I also contacted certain sources in this locality. We were able to have information on these massacres which took place during the night of February 14 to
15 last. It is the government’s duty to protect civilians.
If such a killing takes place in a locality beset by insecurity the government has the duty to tell us what really happened. It is a crime against humanity and we demand an investigation into this matter because the
situation is getting worse in these two regions”,said Agbor Balla.
How many people lost their lives in these massacres?
“I learned from local sources that 32 people died. The majority of the victims are pregnant women and children under the age of ten”, he added
What proposals do you make for a return to peace despite the holding of a major national dialogue?
The government must remain open to listening to all stakeholders. I think that the Swiss mediation should be given a better chance to lead the talks between the Cameroonian authorities and the separatists. It is
necessary to continue the 1 negotiations while also discussing on the form of the State because the situation is more and more difficult.
Today it is children who are paying the consequences of this dirty war that we have been experiencing for more than three years and a war that does not benefit. The Great National Dialogue took place a few
months ago, several relevant resolutions were taken; but the reality is that without peace, the resolutions of the Grand National Dialogue cannot be implemented.
Nevertheless, this great dialogue was of great help because it enabled the Cameroonians to meet around a table to discuss their problems. But with regard to the English-speaking regions, it is clear that we could
not solve these problems in five days.
The war today in the North-West and South-West regions has already gone on for more than three years without a solution being found. Political measures must be taken to replace English-speaking areas in the
state’s decision-making apparatus.