By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
Cameroon’s major rebel group, said Tuesday July 14, 2020, it was deeply saddened by the killing of a community health worker in the country’s English-speaking regions.
The Interim Government (IG) of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, an outlawed country rebels are battling to create in country’s North West and South West said it was shocked by the information.
In a statement, its Spokesperson, Milton Taka said the act was barbaric. He also denied any links to the rebels. But, Doctors Without Borders said it was notified through an official statement from separatists.
“We have shockingly read the message circulating in which Médecins Sans Frontières talks of the unfortunate killing of an aide worker in Ambazonia who was working with them. The Interim Government condemns in the strongest terms such a barbaric act,” Taka said.
Taka also called on the respect of Human Rights of civilians and protection of aide workers who put their lives on the line of duty to protect the lives of needy people. The statement also accuses government forces.
“We call on the Ambazonia Intelligence Unit to dig deep into the actions of LRC militia in Ambazonia, investigate if this is not the work of the so called ‘LRC Militia’ posing for Fake Amba Boys or Atanga Nji boys whose actions are designed to misdirect the international community and paint our self-defense Amba boys black,” he said.
On Saturday July 11, 2020, Doctors Without Borders known in French as Médecins Sans Frontières condemned the killing and said it had occurred in the country’s South West.
“As members of Doctors Without Borders, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the killing of a community health worker who was supported by our organization in South-West Cameroon. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and community.
Doctors Without Borders also said the death is an example of the ongoing violence in the North-West and South-West region, where attacks on healthcare workers and hospitals are a regular occurrence.
It has also urged all parties to ensure the safety of healthcare workers, hospitals, ambulances and patients.
The organization has been present in Cameroon for more than 30 years, and in the South-West and North-West regions since 2018 with main objective to reach communities who have difficulty accessing health care and who are most in need.
At least 14.000 people have been killed, over 500 villages razed with more than a million displaced persons since the beginning of the conflict in 2016.
Several others have been detained, including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius referred to as President of Ambazonia and nine others now sentenced to life in jail.
On July 2, 2020, the rebels led by their leader, Sisiku held a meeting with representatives of the Cameroon government in the country’s capital, Yaoundé, following a United Nations call for a global ceasefire.