The burnings and summary-executions have principally been carried out in the rural areas, with no fire service to put out the inferno(Watch this report from the BBC). This time around on the 8 December, 2021, it was urban razing of neighborhoods by French Cameroun colonial soldiers, supplied and defended by France. As a stated mission to ethnically-cleansed the minority English-speaking people of the former British Southern Cameroons, France through French Cameroun accomplished one more step towards their mission.
The night skyline was comparable to the blitzkrieg WWII, or the opening day of the 1990 Operation Desert Storm. The difference this time around was that, instead of German planes and B-52 bombers, it was the colonial French Cameroun soldiers backed by France who lighted up neighborhoods in Bamenda, British Southern Cameroons. Armed with French supplied weapons and armored cars, they sprinkled gasoline on the buildings before setting them ablaze with content including humans.
“THEY ALMOST KILLED ME”
“I begged them to allow me take only my drugs.” A woman with chopped lips and bruised eye from the butt of a French Cameroun soldier narrates. Black smoke smolder on her provisions. The French Cameroun Colonial Soldiers sprinkled gasoline on her store before setting it on fire. Her medications were burnt. “I can die now, I have not taken my drugs the disfigured face lady laments. ” Come and see the atrocities of the French Cameroun people another voice beckons on those present to come see. “What have we done to them. We are not politicians, let them go back to their politicians who declared war.” As the camera dread the angry darkness, an older man moans on some local bamboos. He was a handicap bamboo chair maker shot by the French Cameroun colonial soldiers. A few meters from him was another mourning, two kids who seek refuge at a metal makeshift shop from the marauding French Cameroun soldiers were smoldering from fire after they shot and incinerated their bodies. “What have these kids done?” the frustrated and lucky ones still alive question. ” We will fight to the last man.” A voice echoes through the wailing. As they left the Mbengwi road neighborhood with its golden skyline from the night fire from burnt homes, shop owners at a busy business district succumbed to the wrath of the colonial soldiers. Shops were sprinkled with Gasoline after looting and lighted.
IMAGES OF SOME OF THOSE BURNT ALIVE
LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT ABSENT:
Though the Fire Department is epileptic, their tardy arrivals at other infernos was at least consoling to the colonial authorities that they were pretending to be doing something. As the colonial soldiers set the entire BAMENDA neighborhoods ablaze, their colonial Fire Department was absent; thus allowing their colonial bosses to achieve their annihilation mission. Informants closer to lay fire fighters at the ill-equipped Bamenda Fire Department, intimate that the colonial authorities threatened them with sanctions if they tried to visit the burning zones. At the end, more than 60 buildings were razed, more than eight innocent civilians executed. Cost of Shops burnt, is estimated in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Solution to the Killings
The genocide which has killed more than 32000 people is drenched in history. The conflict is one of the rare deadly conflicts in the world in which the architects like Queen Elizabeth are still live. Southern Cameroons became a self-governing trust territory in 1954 under a democratically-elected government led by Dr. EML Endeley. With a genuine democratic and constitutional evolution, in 1957 Southern Cameroons was granted a House of Chiefs, thus like Britain, Southern Cameroon operated a bicameral legislative system. In 1959 through free and fair general elections, Premier Endeley-led Cameroon People’s National Convention (CPNC) government was defeated and he peacefully handed over to the winner, J.N. Foncha of the Kamerun National Democratic Party(KNDP). This was followed by the adoption of a new constitution – Constitution (Order) in Council 1960, which was meant to lead Southern Cameroons to independence. However, through international colonial conspiracy, instead of granting complete independence in conformity with Art. 76(b) of UN Charter and UN Resolution 1514 of 1960, the colonial powers misled the UN to impose “independence by joining” either Nigeria or La Republique du Cameroun. In addition to imposing this, the UN was led to adopt two obnoxious questions that denied Southern Cameroons their inalienable right to self-determination and sovereign independence. By this colonial manipulation, effective and genuine decolonization in Southern Cameroon was postponed. The mission of all Southern Cameroonians right now is RIGHT THE WRONGS OF YESTERDAY – restore Southern Cameroonians to the dignity, their natural rights as the legitimate owners and masters of the Southern Cameroon territory, masters of their destiny by peacefully leading Southern Cameroons to take her deserved seat within the comity of sovereign nations.