By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Saturday, December 7, 2019.
A 5-member delegation of the United Nations has arrived Nkambe, a village in Cameroon’s Donga Mantung Division in the country’s restive North West Region, Saturday, December 7, 2019, National Telegraph has confirmed.
The members of the delegation were spotted in two white UN vehicles belonging to two of its Humanitarian agencies operating within Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West.
They left Bamenda, the capital of North West, Friday, December 6, 2019, and arrived Kumbo Friday night. The mission left Kumbo, a North West town and the capital of the Bui Division for Nkambe at 0815h to be present at a funeral at 1100h.
One of the vehicles belongs to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the other to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said a source.
Among the five (5) are two (2) Europeans, and three (3) Africans. The UN vehicles have also been joined by another white vehicle with three (3) passengers belonging to COMINSUD.
The delegation is on a mission to bury Pascal Ngwayi, a Humanitarian Worker with COMINSUD, a local NGO and UN partner, who was abducted on Saturday, November 30, 2019, and later killed by unknown armed men in the area.
Pascal who’s being buried, Saturday, December 7, 2019, was carrying out a humanitarian assessment to ensure people in need received timely and appropriate support before he was preyed upon.
Many rights groups have condemned the act, including UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon, Allegra Baiocchi, who said in a statement, Sunday, December 1, 2019, she strongly condemns the killing of an aid worker in North-west Cameroon.
For over three years now, the country, in its two English-speaking regions is hit by an armed conflict with a demand by the majority of its residents for a separate state called Ambazonia. The crisis has led to thousands of deaths, torching hundreds of villages, millions of displaced people and thousands of political prisoners.