How can the media, the AU, and the west be silent about the situation in South Cameroons? – Jerry John Rawlings

Former Ghanaian president Jerry John Rawlings has joined his voice to others to say the rest of the world is not giving attention to the unending violence and suffering in the English speaking regions of Cameroon.

Outrage and condemnation have followed an attack on a village in the Northwest Region of Cameroon – Ngarbuh that left dozens of civilians, mostly women and children dead.

“Witnesses said some 40 armed men, including members of the security and defence forces, attacked the village of Ngarbuh, in the department of Donga Mantung in North-West Cameroon, opening fire on people and burning down houses,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday.

Taking to his Facebook account, the former Ghanaian president has asked a series of questions as to why the world is silent over the situation in Southern Cameroons.

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Why is the world silent over Anglophone Cameroon while men, women and children are killed in the most gruesome manner – shot, hacked, sometimes burnt alive in their homes just because they seek equality?

Why will Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms not allow some of these shocking videos and photos to be posted for the world to see how some of our African compatriots are being brutalized? Why does France and the rest of the world look the other way when it suits their selfish interests? How many more are going to die in the quest for parity in South Cameroons?

What’s happening to CNN, Aljazeera, BBC et al that they cannot keep an eye on what is going on? Or when they do, it is so downplayed and underreported as the BBC did a couple of days ago (when 22 people including children were burnt to death) it lacks the seriousness and detail necessary to prick the international conscience.

How can the US, the UK and their Western allies watch Macron’s beast do this to English speaking Cameroonians? Considering that France is on the ground with its own troops in Mali, what prevents Macron from stopping this brutality, this atrocity in Cameroon? Should it surprise Europeans why Africans would risk their lives to escape being hacked shot or trapped and burnt alive from their colonies?

What about the African Union? If we are so powerless to act, can’t we at the very least condemn this mindless savagery by President Paul Biya? How can we live with the thought of human beings being surrounded with guns and lighted up to burn, roasted alive? Why?

The time has come to put an end to this modern day barbarism. Enough of paying lip service to the South Cameroons problem. All people and countries of conscience must rise up and seek an urgent intervention to stop the mayhem! – JJR


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