By Eric Tataw – Monday February 11, 2019.
A top American veteran Diplomat has published tough words against the Cameroon military over what he described as crimes against Humanity, National Telegraph has gathered.
Herman Jay Cohen erstwhile United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs who also brokered an end to the Eritrean-Ethiopian War in 1991, and conflicts in Angola and Mozambique in a tweet late Monday, February 11, 2019, condemned the counterinsurgency methods of the Cameroon military.
“Cameroon military counterinsurgency methods against Anglophone civilians in English-speaking regions are approaching the threshold of International Criminal Court crimes against humanity.” Cohen tweeted, adding that “This conflict needs mediation urgently.”
Cohen’s statement is coming some hours after a heinous crime was committed in Kumba, a restive town in Cameroon’s South West Region where the city’s main health facility; The Kumba District Hospital was burnt down at about 1 AM Monday, February 11, 2019. It’s also coming almost immediately after a video of the Cameroon military molesting a group of teen girls and mothers went viral.
The Theatre, Female Surgical, Nurses’ Quarters and other areas within the Hospital were been burnt down, four patients receiving treatment burnt alive, including some vehicles. The act has been seriously condemned by some Kumba residents who spoke to National Telegraph’s Eric Tataw on condition of concealment, noting that the military burnt it down for fear that it has been treating Pro-independence fighters.
This isn’t the first time the military is burning down medical installations. Another hospital in Konye, a not-too-far restive town from Kumba had been burnt down alongside some patients. There have been reports of soldiers shooting and killing even medical personnel.
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The two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West have remained tensed following an armed conflict in which the majority of the Anglophones are asking for an Independent state.
Clashes between armed groups and the Cameroon military have left the military frustrated who most often is seen pouring its anger on unarmed populations by either burning down whole villages or shooting indiscriminately at unarmed populations.
The military has continued uninterruptedly in contravening any warfare condition, killing medics, women, and children, physically challenged persons as well as Religious. The military has killed many healthcare workers including priests and missionaries from America, Ghana, Kenya, National Telegraph has gathered.