National Times (Bamenda) – Multiple persons from Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon have contacted National Times expressing concerns over the whereabouts of their family members who fled these villages as military and rebel fighters exchange gunshots.
One person from Benakuma in Menchum division in the Northwest region of Cameroon told National Times that “The population of Benakuma … is not yet to be found for more than 14 months now” (sic).
According to his account, the inhabitants of the village had fled to other hinterland villages because incessant fighting in this village which made life there insecure and increased hardship. “The worst part is no hospitals can be found in these areas and that has led to high death rate as the military makes the town a living hell”. National Times could not disclose the identity of this person for their own safety. We also could not verify this story.
In the Southwest region of Cameroon, inhabitants of Matoh Village have fled to bushes, living the once buoyant village empty. Audios on social meda and reports from people from Matoh village reveal that the villagers abandoned the village after military attacked secessionist armed rebel camps in the village.
“All bars were closed on the 18th of August. That tells you how empty Matoh is. I don’t know where my mother is. She fled with other women, and we haven’t been able to locate them for about a month now. We have moved to different villages looking for them, and yet we couldn’t find them. I am really scared,” a resident from Matoh told National Times.
The civil war in the Anglophones regions which has left more than 2000 persons dead is yet to receive international attention. Most western countries have called on the government to cease military activities and human rights abuses, however, these calls have often fallen on deaf ears. And sometimes secessionist rebels have been found guilty of gross human rights abuses.
The worsening situation and the deterioration of living conditions in mostly rural areas has also received some indifference from the French speaking parts of the country where life and other daily activities are carried out in their normal pace.
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