Cameroonian forces and a local militia massacred dozens of civilians, including several children in the English-speaking region who were victims of violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report.
These are very serious accusations, but the human rights organization HRW insists that the 21 civilians killed in the Cameroonian village of Ngarbuh, including 13 children and 1 pregnant woman, on February 14,
2020, are the work of Cameroonian forces helped by a Fulani militia armed with ethnic stock.
“The horrific massacres of civilians, including children, are blatant crimes that should be investigated effectively and independently, and those responsible should be brought to justice,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, lead
researcher for the Africa to Human Rights Watch.
“Denying that these crimes have happened adds a new layer of trauma to the survivors and will only encourage government troops to commit more atrocities.”
The government denied the assertion and said only five civilians were killed when a fuel depot exploded during the fighting.
False! HRW said that insisted that 21 civilians were killed in reprisal for allegedly helping alleged separatists.
According to HRW, twelve witnesses said that after the killings, the soldiers addressed the residents of Ngarbuh 2, warning that their village would be destroyed if they continued to harbor separatists.
“Witnesses said that between 10 and 15 soldiers, including members of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, the elite unit of the Cameroonian army, and at least 30 armed Fulani entered the area for the first time on foot.
Ngarbuh 1, a neighborhood of Ngarbuh, around 11 p.m. on February 13. , looting dozens of houses. Some of these forces then went to the Ngarbuh 2 neighborhood, looting homes and beating civilians.
At around 5:00 am on February 14, a group of soldiers and armed Fulani attacked the Ngarbuh 3 neighborhood, killing 21 civilians in four houses, then torching the houses, “reports the organization.
This is not the first time that Cameroonian soldiers have been guilty of this kind of abuse against civilians. And Human Rights Watch has always denounced these abuses.
Source: Actu Cameroun