By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Sunday, December 1, 2019.
The United Nations (UN), an intergovernmental organization responsible for maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, and being a center for harmonizing the actions of nations has condemned the killing of an aid worker in Cameroon’s North West Region, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Pascal Ngwayi, of COMINSUD, a local NGO, and UN partner, was abducted on, Saturday, November 30, 2019, and later killed by unknown armed men in Donga Mantung, a Division in the country’s unruly North West.
The victim, National Telegraph confirmed was carrying out a humanitarian assessment to ensure people in need received timely and appropriate support.
UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon, Allegra Baiocchi, said in a statement, Sunday, December 1, 2019, she strongly condemns the killing of an aid worker in North-west Cameroon.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the horrific execution of an aid worker last night. On behalf of the United Nations and the wider humanitarian community, our deepest condolences go to his family, friends, and colleagues,” said Baiocchi.
Baiocchi regretted that; “Humanitarian workers risk everything to provide aid to people most in need. They must be respected and protected, not targeted. The continued attacks on aid workers only increase the suffering of civilians, as we are unable to safely carry out operations,”
The statement furthers that; “The deliberate targeting of aid and aid workers constitutes a war crime. The United Nations renews the call for all armed actors to ensure the protection of aid workers, to fully uphold international human rights and humanitarian law and to respect the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence, and impartiality.”
Locals in the area have accused the Cameroon military of the act, stating that armed groups fighting for the Restoration of the State of Southern Cameroon don’t attack workers.
“In the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, the humanitarian community is working to bring life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people, in line with the 2019 Humanitarian Response”, Baiocchi lamented.
The Central African country has for over three years now seen its two English-speaking regions hit by an armed conflict with a demand by the majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West 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.