After two days of operations in Manyu Division, it is emerging that army soldiers are committing human rights violations and crimes against humanity.
A video aired by the Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation, tells the complete story of how residents of villages such as Agborkem German and Nsanakang were rushed out of their homes after the SDO for Manyu issued a press release advising residents to leave their villages.
Many of those villagers are today in Nigeria as refugees. Those who did not leave have been arrested and taken to unknown destinations. Some are being branded as terrorists even when they were never caught in the act.
According to Mr. Abang Agbor of Nsanakang, a village along the cross river that serves as a boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria, who left his village out of fear and who is currently in a refugee camp in Nigeria, Cameroon defense forces have been vandalizing homes and making away with whatever money they come by. Some even undress women and men and put them in the same place.
In Agborkem German, soldiers undressed women and men and asked them to make love in public and when the men effected erections; their penises were hit with batons.
In the same video, women related harrowing stories of what they had lived over the last three days. Many have been sexually abused and their money confiscated by marauding soldiers.
While the government is telling the world that it is conducting its operations in line with international norms, the stories of those who have escaped the brutality of government troops is in sharp contrast with what the government is selling.
Manyu Division is under siege and if the international community does not step in to protect civilians, it will be shocked by the scale massacres and destruction.
By Kingley Betek in Nigeria