By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA – Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
At least two new villages in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions have been burnt down following fresh military raids in the country’s North West region, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Locals in Pinyin Clan where these two villages are located in the country’s Mezam Division say six trucks of the Cameroon military entered the villages from Bali Nyonga, a neighbouring precinct where soldiers had perpetuated havoc.
The raids were systematically carried out from Monday, January 20 to Tuesday, January 21, 2020, during which several houses were burnt down and at least three persons brutally murdered by elements of the Cameroon military, sources say.
Mentin village was fiercely attacked during which houses were burnt down in its Asuu and Metanyin quarters. In Muwah village, houses were burnt down in Kongmission quarter, locals have confirmed.
The raids also left at least three persons dead. Ndoh Esau, Moses Muluh and Awa Festus were on Monday, January 20, 2020, killed in Asuu, an on-the-spot source said, adding several shops were also looted and civilians’ goods and chattels carted away. These areas have also been deserted for fear of further military attacks.
Pinyin is one of the division’s largest clans with six villages; Menka, Buchi, Mesoh, Meshighe, Mentin, and Muwah. These raids have been described as the most callous in the clan since the beginning of 2020.
In Bali Nyonga, a North West town that shares boundaries with Pinyin villages, several houses were burnt down and three other persons killed following a prior military raid that started on Friday, January 17, 2020.
The Central African country is in its third year of armed conflict in the country’s English-speaking regions of the North West and South West after a declaration of independence by Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, referred to as President of Ambazonia, the new state rebels are battling to establish.
At least, 14000 people have so far been killed in battles and military raids with over 400 villages burnt down. Thousands are held across various detention facilities, including Ayuk Tabe and nine others sentenced for life. Over two million remain displaced as refugees and IDPs.
President Paul Biya called for a National Dialogue, late 2019, to resolve the crisis but ended up politicizing it, political pundits say, adding it was totally boycotted by the rebels. The 86-year-old dictator has now vowed in his New Year’s televised address to his country to crush separatists, referring to those fighting to establish Ambazonia.