A dozen of Southern Cameroons detainees will go on a hunger strike to protest their conditions of detention today in Yaoundé. The Southern Cameroonians currently being held at the Secretariat for Defense revealed in a 4-minute video published by a relative of one of the defendants that they are in a “bunker”, located in a damp basement, lacking water, Light and sunshine.
“It’s the worst detention bunker you can imagine,” explained Asaah Patrick Ndango and this could give us cancer in less than six months. You will feel sorry for us if you see the condition of our toilets which have no window. We are in terrible conditions.’
The Southern Cameroons detainees made an appeal to the interim leader and the West Cameroon Diaspora community to continue with the struggle until self determination is achieved. A majority of them who spoke in the video hinted that they were ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for autonomy of the Ambazonia Republic.
They observed that “If death is the price we have to pay to guarantee our freedom and restore the independence of our country, we will pay this price.” The Southern Cameroonians including the leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium have been behind bars for more than seven months. Cameroon Intelligence Report understands that hundreds of English-speaking activists are detained at several sites in Yaoundé, Douala and Bafoussam under appalling conditions, awaiting their judgment by the military court.
The Biya Francophone regime and the French Cameroun judiciary have charged them for acts of terrorism, hostility against the fatherland, incitement to secession, propagation of false news and collective rebellion. Several human rights organizations and civil society including the United Nations have been seeking their release. But all international efforts have met with a stone wall.
By Rita Akana
Cameroon Intelligence Report