Ngarbuh Massacre: Cameroon Government Takes Blame, What Next?

14 February 2020, Ngarbuh Massacre: Justice Yet to be Served, 2 Years On

Two years have passed since the infamous massacre of Ngarbuh by uniformed men, the Ndu Subdivision of the North West Region of Cameroon.

A report from Human Rights Watch says 21 persons were killed on that day, February 14, 2020, among them were 13 children, and a Pregnant woman.

Also, 5 houses were burnt, several others looted, and some residents of the village were tortured by the Invaders on that day.

According to the uniformed men, the raid was done because of information that separatist fighters resided in the village.

24 months after the brutal massacre, family members of the victims have grown frustrated and financially handicapped in their endless quest to seek justice.

The case, which is currently being handled by the Yaoundé Military Tribunal has dragged on for many months and has witnessed several adjournments.

Human Rights Watch says the lack of progress has also been compounded by, “the limited opportunity for access and participation by victims’ families, the lack of probative witnesses, and the fact that senior officers with command responsibility have not been arrested or charged.”

It is revealed the only witnesses now did not witness the killings and are claiming that it was carried out by Separatists.

Senior Human Rights Watch Africa Correspondent Illaria Allegrozi said the prolonged trials have dashed hopes of justice for the victims.

“When the trial started, it was welcomed as a step toward justice and tackling impunity for military abuses in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions,” she said.

“But two years after the massacre, victims and their families are still awaiting justice, while security forces have continued to commit serious human rights violations.”

To this day, the Ngarbuh Massacre has remained one of the worst attrocities committed by alleged Government forces since the crisis started.

While the trial is going on, Human Rights Watch says soldiers have continued to commit serious crimes in the crisis-hit Anglophone Regions of Cameroon with impunity.

Separatists have also indulged in crimes of their own like killings, kidnappings, torture, and widespread attack on education.

In all these, only innocent civilians have been caught in the mix. A whole lot have migrated to other French-speaking regions in a bid to experience some normalcy.

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