By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Monday, November 9, 2020.
Elements of the Cameroon military, late Sunday November 8, 2020, raided Akum, a village in the Central African country’s North West Region, killing a breastfeeding teen and one other, eyewitnesses have said.
Lesline Fru Mamangang, 17, left her 5-month-old baby with her grandmother to see off a friend who came visiting before the incident occurred, those familiar with the matter listed the scene as a bar at Ntahmandam quarters also called “Yangi”, a popular locale in the village.
Another teen, a male was also killed in the shooting, sources say the military swiftly entered the bar and opened fire indiscriminately at unarmed civilians. Nde Sufor was also 17.
Cameroon is in a three-year-old armed conflict in its North West and South West where rebels have been battling the regular army to establish an independent state of Ambazonia.
The incident that also wounded and left two persons in critical conditions indicate continuous reports of increased tension and confrontations in the country’s Anglophone regions in a conflict that has already killed over eighteen thousand people, according to activists.
Aid group, Doctors Without Borders was among the first responders to arrive the scene and provided victims with lifesaving care and transported them to an unnamed hospital.
Both corpses are being preserved at The Holy Family Hospital morgue, a Catholic-run infirmary in Akum. Meantime, a source close to Mamangang told National Telegraph her family has scheduled burial for Saturday November 14, 2020.
Since the beginning of the crisis, many houses have also been torched, thousands locked up under deplorable conditions in various detention facilities across the country, including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, President of the outlawed Ambazonia Interim Government.
At least over two million people are either internally displaced or are leaving in Nigeria and neighboring countries as refugees as violence continue to grow in these regions over the last few weeks, including systematic attacks on schools and unarmed civilians.
The Cameroonian government frequently targets anyone with any links to the separatists and such persons are placed on the regime’s wanting list.
In February of 2019, Julian Acha Anwei, a young lady who worked with a money transfer unit of a Community Credit Company was accused of using the service to receive money from her father for the separatists.
She was also accused of being a fervid sympathizer of the separatists and was later summoned by the police, grilled and detained in the country’s capital, Yaoundé.
Anwei was later released but authorities opened a full investigation into the matter, causing a suspension from her job.
The military later raided her residence and declared her wanted. in the meantime, The whereabouts of Anwei and many of her family members remain unknown.