“On 30 November, Mr. Pascal Ngwayi, of COMINSUD, a local NGO and UN partner, was abducted and later killed by armed men in Donga Mantung Division of the North West Region. At the time of his abduction, Mr. Ngwayi was carrying out a humanitarian assessment to ensure people in need received timely and appropriate support,” the United Nations said in a statement attributable to its Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon, Ms. Allegra Baiocchi.
Ms Baiocchi condemns the killing of the aid worker and urges parties to the conflict in Cameroon’s North West and South West regions to respect humanitarian principles and stop attacks against aid workers.
“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,” Ms. Baiocchi said Sunday.
“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,” added Ms. Baiocchi.
In the press statement dated December 1, 2019, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon, Ms. Allegra Baiocchi calls on all armed actors to ensure the protection of aid workers.
“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.
“In the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, the humanitarian community is working to bring lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people, in line with the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan,” the press statement read.
Cameroon-info.net recalls that in June 2019, 12 tons of relief material for victims of the socio-political crisis in the country’s North West and South West Regions were burnt in Pinyin by armed men. Several other humanitarian workers have also been attacked.