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Anglophone crisis: Teenager racing against deafness, blindness from bullet wounds

Miriam Mbah, aged 15, victim of a military raid in Mbengwi, Momo Division, North West Region of Cameroon is currently racing against time to free herself from possible blindness and deafness.

The National Times dug into an 8 month ordeal that has taken the Mbah’s through health facilities across the country. Recently, the teenager was part of patients who visited a Pentecostal prophet in Buea to seek healing.

Miriam Mbah, aged 15

 Miriam’s step-mother who opened up to The National Times on condition of anonymity said military elements shot her in the face at their Mbengwi family home.

“Miriam was shot directly in the face destroying her mouth, her teeth and her tongue was also chopped off by a bullet. Miriam now feeds throw a tube connected through her neck; her eyes and ears have been affected” The step-mother disclosed.

 She ascertained that it happened during a military raid wherein soldiers conducted break-ins into homes.

Eight months after the incident, the relative said they were at the Mbingo Baptist hospital in Bemenda. They visited Buea recently to seek God’s intervention through a Pentecostal prophet.

They were induced to come to Buea after medics announced that, an emergency surgery is needed to repair Miriam’s damaged face. The step mother disclosed that, the doctors have concluded that such surgeries can only be done out of Cameroon.

This far, Miriam’s skin has been sliced off to use and repair her bullet- deformed face. The situation remains disturbing the relative lamented.

Recalling the incident, the step-mother said “I was at the hospital for my usual monthly checkup when I was called on phone that Miriam has been shot dead by the military in Mbengwi as they invaded the town. I quickly rushed home to find my step-daughter lying on the floor in the pool of her blood. Her finger was shaking that is when I knew she was still alive. I immediately took her outside so as to rush her to the hospital. We stood by the roadside for over 30 minutes stopping vehicles to take us to the hospital but no one could carry my step-daughter and I to the hospital.

After close to 40 minutes, a good Samaritan who has an NGO ( Non-Governmental Organisation) in Bamenda stopped by us and carried us to Mbingo Baptist Hospital Bamenda. For security reasons, I will not call the name of the Good Samaritan because he told us not to mention his name to the press. This is because he has been treating and providing medical assistance to people shot by the military”, the Step-Mother confided.

The form Four Student of Government Bilingual High School, GBHS Mbengwi now consoles herself through gospel music. Her biological mother is said to have died four years ago.

Few weeks back The National Times reported of the case of Anastasia Acha. Acha escaped similar military raids in Konye, South West Region and gave birth in Buea but was unable to pay her bills.

The Bishops of Cameroon in a recent release have described the current sociopolitical crisis in the English speaking Regions of Cameroon as ‘a senseless and useless war’.

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