By Andrew Nsoseka
Human rights activists, as well as some activists supporting the ongoing hostile campaign of separatist fighters against the Cameroon government, have condemned acts of some fighters who have been attacking and cutting off hands and fingers of Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC, workers for not heeding their calls.
The condemnation came after suspected fighters attacked six persons they presumed were workers of the CDC in Tiko, and chopped off fingers and hands of some. The victims of the attack were ferried to the Tiko district hospital, where they were attended to.
The six victims of the February 19 attack are the latest of similar attacks launched by suspected separatist fighters with the aim of discouraging the thousands of workers of the State Corporation from working. The aim of the campaign, is said to be the total crippling of the activities of the CDC, so as to boost influence and control in the troubled regions of Cameroon. Some accounts hold that the victims of the recent attack are not CDC workers, but rather work for a different company.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Ayah Ayah Abine, son of Ayah Paul Abine and President of the Ayah Foundation that has been providing aid and relief supplies to those affected by the crisis, decried the action, saying: “Wrong is wrong. When something is wrong, we must be bold and honest enough to say it is wrong, whoever its author is; or whether or not we will be the only one saying it is wrong amidst a crowd in opposition ready to slaughter truth tellers; or whether or not we will lose friends and cheap popularity; or whether or not we will be challenging the gods…”
He lamented saying that the concerned are merely trying to survive like any person will, given the circumstances of the current crisis with its overbearing suffering.
In other outings, some activists and promoters of the Ambazonia agenda signed a statement condemning the acts, saying that their ‘legitimate’ fight is against President Biya and his soldiers. They further stated that the fighters, in their operations, must protect women and children, as well as respect human dignity and “fight for freedom in accordance with national and international laws. Self-defense tactics do not include maiming,” they said.
A statement issued by Agbor Balla’s Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, CHRDA, it said CHRDA abhors the indiscriminate attack on plantation workers in Likomba, Tiko. The centre described the acts as cruel, inhuman and degrading, and that it constitutes gross human rights abuse and in violation of rule of law and international humanitarian law that is applicable to non-international armed conflicts.
The centre urged the armed fighters, as well as Government forces to exercise caution, moderation, and proportionality and ensure the protection of the civilian population.