National Times (Washington) – The conflict in Cameroon’s two Anglophone regions and its northern territory has dampened insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea as the cost of providing this critical international good becomes to heavy for the government struggling with declining budget and massive corruption to address.
The Gulf of Guinea accounts for 73 per cent of kidnappings and 92 per cent of hostage-takings at sea worldwide, it said. It is not Cameroon’s responsibility to guard all of the region, but Cameroon’s sits on the most strategic point.
While this may interpreted yet as another episode of Africa as the Whiteman’s grave, actually the pirates are treating their hostages better than the US and Italian government treats African refugees.
Three Russian sailors who have been recently abducted by pirates off Cameroon’s coast are reportedly well taken care of, a source in the employing company told Russian Sputnik.
“Everything is normal with people. No one has been injured, no one is ill. They are receiving clothes and antimalarial medications”, the source said.
That these pirates are providing medical and basic care to their hostages and given how terrible their actions are, one would hardly wonder how they can be treating other humans, and their victims better than so-called “civilized governments”.
For example, Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini has refused African migrants on a humanitarian ships access to basic medical care. He even went further, turning down request that these ships dock on Italian ports.
In the US, the Trump administration is well known of ripping children off their parents backs. Refusing to give women basic sanitary care, toothbrush, and even medical assistance.
While the hijacking of commercial vessels off the coast of Cameroon should be admonished and the governments should do more to address this challenge, let us not see this event as the whiteman’s grave. These seamen lives are at risk, but I am sure they will not die. While we are thinking about this, let us also think about the inhumane conditions of migrants in Europe and America.