The NGO, International Crisis Group (ICG) revealed Monday in Douala, that at least 60 people were killed in a month in the English-speaking regions of north-west and south-west of Cameroon, in the grip of secessionist tensions .
“Among those killed are civilians and soldiers. They lost their lives in clashes between the regular army and the separatist militias who launched an armed struggle in October 2017 to obtain independence from the north-west and south-west regions, “the ICG said in a statement. monthly report from which APA obtained a copy.
According to the NGO, the security situation deteriorated considerably in May 2018 in Cameroon.
She warns that the so-called Anglophone crisis that has entered a new phase, could be “more violent in June” after the multiple attacks and kidnappings recorded last May.
“Secessionists have adopted a virulent rhetoric, telling francophones to leave the English-speaking area or suffer the consequences, and the government has stuck to its military strategy,” says the NGO.
To get out of this “expensive” and “senseless” crisis, the International Crisis Group invites the Catholic Church to lead the dialogue between the protagonists.
“The Catholic Church, which represents almost a third of the Cameroonian population, could play a role of arbitrator” because “potential mediators are rare,” said the ICG in its report of April 2018.
If the authorities have always agreed to the dialogue without “calling into question the current form of the state”, the secessionists are camped on their position to the endists.
A situation that has led to a social tragedy, causing not only the death of dozens of people, and pushed to exile to neighboring Nigeria more than 100,000 Cameroonians, according to the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).