By Ken Neba, Yaounde, Cameroon – Friday November 22, 2019.
Cameroon could face more US sanctions after elements of its army committed fresh Human Rights violations following a military raid in a village in the country’s North West Region, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Eyewitnesses have testified blaming regular government soldiers for the destructive raid that occurred Sunday November 17, 2019.
A video circulated on social media with a commentator from Awing, the village where the incident happened, blaming soldiers and showing torched houses, bikes.
The video also showed food stuff destroyed and scattered all over. Although a specific figure hasn’t been established, the military is also said to have killed innocent and armed civilians.
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya was cursed in the video for pretending to the International Community that a Grand National Dialogue while the military is busy killing innocent and unarmed civilians.
Dialogue was held in the country’s capital Yaounde late September to handle grievances resulting from an armed conflict in the country’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West.
Many have undermined the genuineness of the dialogue, including an American senior State Department staff. Ambassador Tibor Nagy said he followed closely the dialogue but described it as noting it was only symbolic other than concrete.
The South West and North West have been rocked by repeated and fierce gun battles with enormous material damage and loss in human lives as Pro-Independence fighters fighting to restore what they call the statehood of former British Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia battle regular Cameroon soldiers.
Just recently, Donald Trump, president of the United States announced his intention to cut trade benefits for Cameroon, citing gross human rights violations.
In a message to Congress, Trump said he would end Cameroon’s designation as a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) because the Government of Cameroon currently engages in gross violations of Human Rights.
Prior to this, precisely in February, the U.S. halted $17 million in security aid to Cameroon which used the money to fight against militant groups such as Boko Haram.
The AGOA was signed by former President Bill Clinton in 2000 and aimed to expand U.S. trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.