Onana, a man in his seventies, is on the run after shooting his wife to death with a hunting rifle. The shocking incident occurred on Monday, August 21, 2023, at the Mbankomo neighbourhood in Yaounde.
His daughter told Vision 4, a Yaoundé-based TV station, in an interview that her father had accused her mom of cheating on him with the next-door neighbour. “Their argument lasted for a while. My dad threatened to teach my mom a lesson that day when things became heated. My mom told me that he went to his room, loaded up his hunting gun, and came downstairs to meet her in the living room,” the daughter narrated.
My mom said, “Shoot if you’ve got the courage,” when she spotted him with a gun. In response, her father fired two rounds at her, hitting her twice, including once in the heart.
The individual committed this deed, and then promptly fled the premises. When his children, who were present but powerless to intervene, questioned what had happened, he threatened to murder them in the same way he had killed their mother.
At the time of this report, the elderly man had vanished. However, probes have been initiated.
Onana and his murdered wife, Yaounde, Cameroon
This is only one example of the frequent instances of domestic abuse that some women suffer at the hands of their partners.
About 43.2 percent of married Cameroonian women experience physical violence, 39.8 percent experience emotional violence, and 14.5 percent experience sexual violence, according to the Nkafu Policy Institute, an independent think tank at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation in Yaounde.
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment,” says Article 5 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Even though these statements look advanced and believable on paper, women, and girls in many countries, especially in Africa and Cameroon, have not been able to live up to them.