The International Crisis Group (ICG) has reported that the security situation deteriorated considerably in December in Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Palestine. In its monthly publication released on the 3rd of January, 2018, the ICG pointed out that tension has persisted between the security forces and the Ambazonia Defense Force.
“In the Manyu Division, secessionists in the Southwest region clashed with security forces nine times in several locations from December 4 to 25, killing six gendarmes and one soldier, bringing the number of security forces killed to seventeen.”
The much respected NGO also confirmed revelations from top Cameroon army generals that some military officers have deserted the army to join the ranks of the Ambazonia Liberation Force. The International Crisis Group also stated that security forces continue to inflict violence on Southern Cameroons civilians.
“Armed forces reportedly killed or arrested and beat several civilians and burned dozens of houses in Kembong and Babong in Manyu Division on the 20th and 23rd of December in retaliation for the killing of some security forces; allegedly by pro-secession militants. Residents of both villages fled to Nigeria.” The ICG reported that 10,000 Cameroonian refugees arrived in Nigeria’s Benue State in December, added to another 28,000 in Cross River State.
By Sama Ernest