By Eric Tataw and Dieudonne Fombat, Monday May 20, 2019.
A 3-month-old baby has been intentionally shot and killed, Monday May 20, 2019 at about 11:15 am by elements of the Cameroon military, residents of Muyuka, a war-torn town in Cameroon’s restive South West Region where the incident took place have told National Telegraph.
Residents shared a graphic image and video with National Telegraph showing the mother of the baby crying and cursing the Biya Regime while the little girl was found in the pool of her own blood on a chair in their living room with a huge opening on her nape confirmed by eyewitnesses to have been caused by bullets from the military.
The mother who lives with her little daughter at Makanga, a precinct in Muyuka explained that her daughter was sleeping while she was cooking in the kitchen when the military fired several shots before breaking into her house and murdering little Mbuh Martha who was born only three months ago.
After all failed attempts in forcing the Muyuka population to celebrate May 20, the military decided to pour her frustration and anger on the population by breaking into homes with intentions to intimidate inhabitants during which they intentionally shot several rounds at a sleeping baby, ending her life.
Live bullets corroborating those from the Rapid Intervention Battalion, a special unit of the Cameroon military known by its french acronym as BIR have been televised by locals at the scene of the incident.
This is not the first time the Military has been accused of killing babies in the South West and North West Regions of the country. The Cameroon Government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violations, including targeted killings and the burning down of entire villages.
According to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo, the Cameroon military has been wrapped in several war crimes.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.