Cameroun Soldiers Attack Doctors without Borders Personnel in Hospital, Kill Driver
Ambanews24 Correspondent – Bamenda
At about 10:00am on Wednesday, February 19,
2020, Cameroun soldiers shot and killed Fuh Augustine, a driver to one of the Doctors
without Borders providing humanitarian services in Ambazonia.
The unarmed civilian was shot in the
doctor’s car at the St. Mary Soledad Hospital in Alakuma. Alakum is on the way
from City Chemist Roundabout in Bamenda to Bafut.
The murdered victim, himself a worker of
Doctors without Borders, was heading to the hospital to pick up the doctor who
had been assisting sick internally displaced persons and Ambazonians maimed by
the Cameroun police, gendarmes and soldiers.
AmbaNews24 has ascertained from one other
person who was in the vehicle that Cameroun soldiers pulled the driver over at
one of their check points. He then
headed to the hospital unbeknownst to him that the Cameroun military unit was
following him from the back at a distance. When he got to the St. Mary Soledad
parking lot, the soldiers fired bullets into him killing him at the spot.
One patient at the hospital almost died of
heart attack from the gun shots. Fear has gripped the sick in the hospital as
it is now evident to them that stray or intentional bullets from the Cameroun
military can kill them on their sick beds at anytime.
The Cameroun Ministry of Defense put out a press
statement no. 01187/CRP/MINDEF/01 on February 19, insinuating that the Cameroun
soldiers considered Augustine one among a group of “secessionists” that they
were tracking in the area. In this false claim, the Cameroun government could
not even account for why its soldiers then killed the civilian in a hospital
when he was unarmed and was on a hospital ground.
The killing of Fuh Augustine, just as more
than 5,000 Ambazonian civilians, including babies, pregnant women, the deaf and
the dump, etc that the Cameroun government has killed in the last four years is
a war crime. The Geneva Convention on the laws of war prohibits attacks on
medical facilities grounds.
In the above-mentioned press statement, the Cameroun government also claims that its soldier who killed the innocent driver has been apprehended and is under detention in the Bamenda Gendarmerie Company. However, AmbaNews24 determined yesterday at about 7:50pm from sources in the said gendarmerie that no soldier has been brought to the facility under arrest. Instead, the perpetrator of this war crime was taken in the morning by other Cameroun soldiers to the house of a certain Anangfac G. Alexis in Big Mankon.
Doctors without Borders are providing medical assistance to victims of Cameroun government’s maiming, torture, deprivation of food and water across the Ambazonia territory in an unwarranted war declared by Paul Biya against the Ambazonia people’s right to external self-determination.
There have been multiple instances in which Cameroun soldiers have attacked even humanitarian agencies while they are distributing aid such as food and water to internally displaced persons in schools.
This attack on Doctors without Borders
personnel is happening barely five days after Cameroun soldiers burnt down over
twenty five houses in Ngarbuh and massacred at least 45 civilians among which
were fourteen children between 5months and 13years, pregnant women and the
elderly. The Cameroun soldiers who committed this genocidal act proceeded to
burn the bodies of the innocent, unarmed children.
This has sparked global outcry including
from the United
Commonwealth and the USA Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs,
Tibot Naggy. In all their statements, they have called on the Cameroun government
to investigate the incidence. The question many are asking, however, is how a
government can investigate the evils it is instructing its soldiers to commit.
That is the same as asking ISIS to investigate its beheading of innocent civilians.
For how long will the world stand by, talk and do nothing?
The St. Mary Soledad Hospital is owned and
managed by Sisters of Maria Soledad Torres y Acosta, a Catholic religious
congregation commonly referred to as “Sisters, Servants of Mary.” The Cameroun
soldiers have multiple times attempted to invade wards in the hospital,
claiming they are hosting Ambazonian independence fighters. The sisters have
fought back, putting their lives at risk for the sick, resisting such intrusion
into religious and health facilities.
February 17, 2020, seventeen Catholic bishops around the world wrote to Mr.
Paul Biya, asking him to stop the atrocities and enter into negotiations with
Ambazonian independence leaders. Among the bishops who wrote to Biya are
copied Pope Francis are Bishop Siegfried Jwara, the Vicariate Apostolic in
KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Archbishop Donald Bolen of the Archdiocese of
Regina in Canada, Bishop Mark Davies of the Dioecese of Shrewsbury in England,
The Most Reverend Charles Hammawa Jalingo of the Diocese of Tabara State in
Nigeria, Bishop Jose Cabantan of the Diocese of Malaybalay in the Philippines,
Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula of the Diocese of Davenport in Iowa, USA, and Cardinal
Soane Patita Mafi of the Diocese of Tonga in the South Pacific.
The Cameroun government has rejected all
calls for peace and opted for military brutality, scotched earth policy in
which it has burnt down over 400 Ambazonian towns and villages, war crimes and
crimes against humanity.