CPDM supporters today showed minimal concern for the victims of the Mamfe massacre as they went about celebrating the anniversary of Biya’s ascension to power.
In the early hours of President Biya’s 41st year in office, tragedy struck in Mamfe Subdivision, where at least 20 innocent people were mercilessly killed in their sleep.
One might have expected a sombre moment of national unity and respect for the fallen victims. However, it appears that the rest of the nation remained largely indifferent to the horrifying events in Mamfe.
Reports from various regions of Cameroon reveal that the mass killing went largely unnoticed, as celebrations marking Biya’s 41-year presidency took precedence. Surprisingly, there was hardly a word of condolence or sympathy offered to the victims of this brutal act.
The people of Mamfe find themselves in a state of profound shock and disbelief, grappling with the aftermath of an incident that can only be described as barbaric.
This bloodshed is a stark reminder of the escalating violence that began in 2017 when the peaceful protests of teachers and lawyers advocating for the rights of English-speaking Cameroonians eventually erupted into a full-fledged armed conflict. Since then, the nation has witnessed tragic massacres in places like Ngarbuh, Guzang, and now Mamfe.
Numerous human rights reports have documented the grim toll this conflict has taken on the lives of thousands, while hundreds of villages have been reduced to ashes, forcing their inhabitants into a life of perpetual displacement.
A video has emerged of the former Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, dancing in Bamenda, which many have denounced as being in bad taste.
MD Flavour wrote on Facebook, “They are dancing and celebrating, while citizens are bittered, crying for the lives gone to a journey of no return. Lives taken away as if they meant nothing? It is really a pity…”
“How can he be dancing when his people are killed?” Queried Njeckoh Dickson.
These sentiments reflect the feeling many Cameroonians, particularly Anglophones, have seen time and again how the elites and political class have ignored the pains of the masses.