By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
An inmate in a Cameroonian detention facility has leaked a video to National Telegraph, saying he wants to show the world how the Cameroon government maltreats prisoners.
The video leaked to National Telegraph shows a horrifying special prison cell at the Buea Central Prison in Cameroon’s South West Region.
According to Ashu Tando speaking in the video, he’s currently incarcerated because he was doing a headcount of detainees from Cameroon’s North West and South West regions hit by armed conflict.
He described to our source doing a headcount of “Our Ambazonian detainees to give updates to their President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and other leaders in jail!”
The cell is without ventilation, toilet and the video shows an extremely dirty area near or exactly like a pigsty. A number of other inmates were also filmed sleeping on the floor.
With the COVID-19 spreading like wildfire and gorging on cruds, there’s no doubt that most, if not, all those held in that cell by the time of their release run the greatest risks of the infection.
Going by the spread pattern of the virus and given that the Buea Prison currently hosts above its capacity, those released from the special cell will infect their friends, the virus will spread to all other inmates, then to visitors and then to the country.
There’s an urgent need for the International Commission of Red Cross (ICRC) generally called the International Red Cross, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and rights agencies to intervene, our whistleblower said.
The COVID-19 is considered the Third World War hitting even the richest countries hard. It’s currently affecting 199 countries and territories with total confirmed cases at 721,277 and 33,942 deaths.
Cameroon so far has 139 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie, Sunday, March 29, 2020.
The US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin recently posted a video of condolences on behalf of his embassy to Manu Dibango’s family and Cameroon during which he cautioned that everyone can catch the virus, be it Asian, African, European.
The diplomat implored all not to stigmatize anyone during “this time or ever” and urged all to follow the guidelines in place by Cameroon’s Public Health Ministry, including washing of hands, social distancing and staying at home.
The whistleblower who leaked the video to National Telegraph says by this act seen on the video, Cameroon is practicing the exact opposite in preventing the spread of the virus.
There are currently over 5000 persons held in various detention facilities across the Central African country in relation to the Anglophone crisis, including the separatist leader, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, referred to as President of Ambazonia state rebels are fighting to restore in the country’s two English-speaking regions.