The recent clashes between civilians and security forces, in the uprising of October 1st in the North West and South West Regions has left a number of casualties, the 2nd Joint Militray Health Service in Douala has been treating these victims. Cameroon’s the minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defense, Joseph Beti Assomo, was at the military hospital in Douala for an on the spot assessment.
These victims come from different locations in the SW region, following the aftermath of October 1st; they were shot and carried away by the military.
According to Colonel Abeng Mbozo’o, the head of the 2nd Joint Military Health Service, civilians are sharing the same rooms with the forces of law and order and they cannot separate them for priority sake, even if the civilians are against the government. “They were in a bad situation and I had to take them and treat them. I have received more than twenty injured forces and about 10 civilians.”
Emile Epoge a civilian and an October 1st victim said “I don’t know what happened, we were matching and a bullet took me on the leg, I was unconscious by the time I got here, we were two of us and when I woke up I discovered the other person had died.”
Mr. Assomo’s visit was instructed by the Head of State, Paul Biya, aimed at sharing compassion with those affected. Before leaving he instructed health personnel to do everything within their capacities to help the victims regain their their health.
These questions remain unanswered, what happens after these civilians are healed? What will be their fate? Will they join the others packed up like sardines in prison? And who is going to take care of their bills?
Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo on Mission
Cameroon has launched a probe into recent deadly violence linked to a symbolic declaration of independence in the west African nation’s English-speaking region, according to the defence minister on Friday.
Mr. Assomo had on Thursday visited Buea, the main city in the English-speaking southwest region, where he headed a meeting to review security with both Governors of the North West, Adolphe Lele Lafrique and South West, Bernard Okalia Bilai in the presence of top military officials among others.
According to Cemeroon Tribune, the meeting that held in the conference room of the South West Governor lasted over five hours after which Minister Assomo made a brief statement to the press insisting on the steadfastness of the forces in defending Cameroon territory to the least. The Minister underscored that the political aspect of the crisis would be handled by the Head of State meanwhile the forces will continue to act professionally on the ground. The Minister explained that they were on a mission sent by the Head of State to evaluate the situation on the ground.
The high-level military meeting was attended by the various Army and Gendarmerie Generals, authorities of the Military Tribunal, and some local administrative authorities of Fako and Meme Divisions. Both Governors declined speaking to the press after the meeting.
In all, English Speaking Cameroonians hope that normalcy returns in their once peaceful regions, that the captured are released and the government accounts for the death of their loved ones, and the right people are integrated into the dialogue initiated by the president in the days ahead, for peace to reign.