Cameroon soldiers ‘raped women in revenge raid’

 

A Cameroonian soldier - archive shot 2017
Image caption: Cameroonian soldiers have been fighting separatists for several years

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it has gathered evidence of a revenge attack nearly a year ago by Cameroonian soldiers on a village where they raped at least 20 women.

The raid on Ebam in the Anglophone South-West region, an area where separatists are fighting for an independent state of Ambazonia, was one of the worst atrocities carried out by Cameroon’s army in recent years, the rights organisation said.

It had gone largely unreported because of stigma and fear of reprisal which discourages survivors of sexual violence from speaking out, HRW said, adding that there had been no effective investigation.

“One year on, survivors of the Ebam attack are desperate for justice and reparations, and they live with the disturbing knowledge that those who abused them are walking free and have faced no consequences,” said HRW’s Ida Sawy’er in a statement.

Read Also:  The woman with HIV helping others have a 'good death'

HRW’s investigation included interviews between August and January with witnesses, rape survivors and a doctor who had treated them.

Witnesses said that more than 50 soldiers entered Ebam on foot at about 03:00 on 1 March 2020, breaking into almost all the 75 houses in the village.

A number of soldiers rounded up men, while others raped women, including four with disabilities, HRW said.

Dozens of men were detained and severely beaten and a 34-year-old man was also killed by soldiers in a forest by the village, the rights group said.

“Five masked soldiers entered my home,” a 40-year-old woman told HRW.

“It was dark, and I was alone. They searched the house and stole my phone and money. One of them abused me. He said: ‘If you don’t have sex with me, I will kill you!’

Read Also:  Museveni’s long stay: A chink in the armour in ties with the West

“I was too afraid to say or do anything. After the rape, I ran into the bush where I spent two months. I am still upset and traumatised.”

Witnesses said that the military operation was a reprisal attack to punish civilians suspected of collaborating with separatist fighters.

An army spokesman dismissed the report.

“We have better things to do than react to this report. Human Rights Watch is clearly complicit in the terrorists’ atrocities,” Col Cyrille Atonfack told the Reuters news agency, referring to the rebels.

Anglophone activists say the country’s French-speaking majority is marginalising the English-speaking minority.

The secessionist violence in the English-speaking regions of North-West and South-West Cameroon has claimed more 3,500 lives since late 2016, HRW estimates.

Both the separatists and government troops have been accused of human rights abuses

Related posts

9 Thoughts to “Cameroon soldiers ‘raped women in revenge raid’

  1. Frankbes

    doxycycline hyc 100mg: doxycycline hyclate 100 mg – buy doxycycline for dogs

  2. Arthurdriva

    generic cialis daily pricing: buy cheap cialis overnight canada cialis online

  3. Arthurdriva

    where can u buy cialis: can i buy cialis in toronto buy cialis ebay

  4. Arthurdriva

    cialis online daily: safe buy cialis safe buy cialis

  5. Arthurdriva

    can i buy cialis in uk: canadian pharmacy cialis 20mg cialis online daily

  6. Arthurdriva

    cialis without prescriptions canada: taking cialis soft tabs buy cialis united kingdom

  7. RobbieEpimb

    buy cheap cialis overnight – buy cialis in miami buy cheap cialis uk

  8. RobbieEpimb

    cialis online daily – how to get ciails without a doctor much does cialis cost without insurance

  9. RobbieEpimb

    buy generic viagra online viagra for sale – natural viagra

Leave a Comment