Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: Five Members Of A Family Killed In Bali-Nyonga, North West.

Par Kiven B. NSODZEFE | Cameroon-Info.Net
Bali-Bamenda - 26-May-2019 - 11h42   5481                      
Des soldats camerounais dans une rue de Bamenda, capitale de la région camerounaise anglophone du Nord-Ouest le 17 nove AFP/Archives/STRINGER
Calm is yet to return to Bali Nyonga in the North West region, after a gun exchange with soldiers led to the killing of at least seven, five from same family.

Reports say military shot dead five members of a family called Baya, as they tried to rescue one of theirs who was earlier shot, to the hospital. An older woman, said to the grand mother to the others, was killed. Some two separatists were also shot in the process.

Their remains were discovered around Sang. Villages such as Bali-Nyonga are most often targeted by the military, who believe it serves as a hideout for armed separatists. Along the stretch of road from Bali in Mezam Division to Batibo in Momo Division, many have described it as a stronghold for Amba boys.

Several persons have fled those two communities, due to increasing confrontations between the military and armed separatists. It was along this same road that the convoy of late popular pidgin news broadcaster in Bamenda, Peter Tebit Chi, was halted by armed separatists, asking if mourners thought they were immune to attacks.

Following yesterday’s attacks, some villagers went into nearby bushes for security reasons. Civilians continue to bare the consequences of gun exchanges between military and separatists. Military has been accused of shooting indiscriminately at civilians, during their numerous raids in the North West and South West regions.

Over 530,000 civilians have been displaced as a result of the ongoing war, with at least 1870 persons dead. Government has announced it was ready for dialogue, but with a condition that separation isn’t amongst the options discussed. Separatists on the other hand, have pushed aside the decentralization agenda government has been advancing as solution to the crisis.



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