By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Thursday, January 30, 2020.
At least four aid workers have been kidnapped in Cameroon’s restive North West, early Thursday, January 30, 2020, National Telegraph can confirm.
The four workers all of Community Initiative for Sustainable Development – COMINSUD, a local NGO, and Humanitarian organisation were abducted from their office in Ntarikon, Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon’s North West.
A group of unidentified armed men stormed the COMINSUD Bamenda office and ferried the quartet to an unknown destination, sources told National Telegraph.
This action is already meeting condemnation from various quarters and many are also pointing fingers at elements of the Cameroon military said to have disguised as unknown gunmen to carry out the act to blame Ambazonia fighters in the precinct.
Ambazonia fighters have also been linked to the incident according to allegations have some other quarters. 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.
Thousands of deaths, torching hundreds of villages, millions of displaced people and thousands of political prisoners and the daily kidnapping of civilians and humanitarian workers continue to linger in these regions.
A COMINSUD worker was recently killed in Nkambe. Pascal Ngwayi, was abducted on Saturday, November 30, 2019, and later killed by unknown armed men in the area, National Telegraph reported late 2019.
Pascal was buried, Saturday, December 7, 2019, and many at his funeral said he was carrying out a humanitarian assessment to ensure people in need received timely and appropriate support before he was preyed upon.
Many rights groups condemned the act, including the 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.