By Beltha Mokube – Washington DC, USA, Friday, August 14, 2020.
An American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 37th congressional district since 2013, said Thursday August 13, 2020, a video of alleged separatists in Cameroon brutally killing a woman widely circulating on social media has not been verified.
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the statement in response to the ongoing violence in Cameroon, a Central African country entrapped in a deadly armed conflict since 2017.
Bass said though the video has not been verified, it highlights the ongoing insecurity and violence in the predominantly Anglophone North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
“This week, a video of alleged separatists in Cameroon brutally killing a woman has been circulating widely. While this video has not been verified, it does highlight the ongoing insecurity and violence in the predominantly Anglophone Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon,” Bass said.
On Tuesday August 11, 2020, a Cameroon government sympathizer based in the UK first circulated the morbid video on social media platforms to the amazement of many as to how he could have obtained the video firsthand
Comfort Bih appeared in at least three videos where her hands were tied to her back as she was being interrogated by yet-to-be identified gunmen.
Bih, a resident of Muyuka, an unruly town in Cameroon’s South West was later captured in one of the videos being slapped with a cutlass before her executioners butchered her before pulling her corpse to a public road in Muyuka.
Bass furthered that she was deeply concerned by the escalation of crimes against civilians, citing additional incidents. “Just last week, a Cameroonian humanitarian worker was killed in the Northwest Region. I am deeply concerned by the escalation of crimes against civilians,” she said.
The US Lawmaker also said There are far too many incidents where innocent civilians are being killed due to the conflict between separatists who want an independent Anglophone state, and the Cameroonian government forces, adding there also seems to be an escalation of crimes against women.
Bass urged the Government of Cameroon and the separatist leaders to stop crimes against civilians, and for the government to investigate this matter and all other transgressions thoroughly and the culprits brought to justice immediately.
“The conflict in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon must end and I encourage all parties to come to the table to negotiate an end to this conflict,” the statement said.
The video also attracted worldwide condemnation from rights groups and politicians. Akere Tabeng Muna, a renowned Cameroonian lawyer, describing the video as the most barbaric and inhuman, said in a Tweet, Tuesday, he was unable to complete watching the video.