Among many who have reiterated calls for a solution to the crisis in Cameroon is former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings.The politician has taken to Facebook to question the silence of the international community on the killings in the restive North West and South West regions.
“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?” Rawlings questions
“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” he goes on.
“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?” The politician went on, pouring out his heart.
With regards to the AU, Jerry Rawlings says “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” he urges “must rise up and seek an urgent intervention to stop the mayhem!”
The politician’s call comes after the Ngarbuh massacre on February 14 that left over 35 dead with nine homes razed to ashes.
Mimi Mefo Info