By Eric Tataw – Wednesday July 10, 2019.
Another top United States Lawmaker has called on the Trump Administration to use diplomatic channels and force Cameroon authorities to bring an end to an armed conflict in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West, National Telegraph has learned.
Ronald James Kind fondly called Ron Kind, an American politician for Democratic party serving as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district, made this appeal Monday July 8, 2019.
The Congressman reports say held an event in La Crosse, a US city on the Mississippi River, in western Wisconsin, a Midwestern U.S. state to highlight the political and humanitarian crisis in the two regions and to call for diplomatic American intervention to ease the suffering.
Ron Kind said at the event that; “One thing we have done already, is we have pulled back some of the security funding assistance to their military forces because of the security concerns that we raised with them and we can do more of that.”
The Congressman is said to have just returned from a visit to Cameroon as part of the Congressional Overseas Delegation (CODEL) led by Karen Bass and is calling for legislation to condemn the violence and impose measures for the Cameroon Government to do its part.
Kind told the people of the US and his birth city of La Crosse in particular which is a sister city to Kumbo, a restive town in Cameroon’s North West to care about oppression and violence and work together to condemn it no matter where it is happening.
Kind is among many lawmakers who have called for action in recent times. Kind also accused the Cameroon government for causing most of the atrocities in the war-torn regions and indicated that President Paul Biya might have intentionally avoided CODEL since he left for Geneva, Switzerland just before they arrived.
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions are engulfed in a deadly armed conflict and elements of the armed forces and mobile police have taken advantage to target innocent civilians and loot goods and chattels of the civilian population, sources say.
Residents say it’s the duty of the police to keep peace and order. One would have expected the police to simply arrest victims, ferry to stations for interrogation instead of ending their lives prematurely.
The unrest in the two English-speaking regions since October 2016 that has turned into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
According to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo, the Cameroon military has been wrapped in several war crimes.
The Cameroon government has blocked Humanitarian organisations from having access to the war-torn areas while others have been denied entry into the country like a recent case of a Human Rights Watch staff.