Cameroon Military Says Graves of 2021 Abduction Victims Found

Cameroon's military has said they have exhumed the bodies nine civilians, including five government officials, who were abducted by rebels in June 2021 at Ekondo Titi a town in Ndian, an administrative unit on the border with Nigeria.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Nguele said the military transported the remains to Buea, capital of the English-speaking Southwest Region for families to identify and collect their loved ones for reburial. Nguele said Cameroon can now confirm the individuals as dead and no longer missing.

Cameroon's separatist crisis conflict began in 2017, after teachers and lawyers in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, where English is the predominant language, protested against alleged discrimination from the country's French-speaking majority.

The military responded with a crackdown and fighters took up weapons claiming to defend English-speaking civilians from what separatists described as extreme military brutality.

The conflict has killed an estimated 6,000 people and displaced more than three quarters of a million others, according to the International Crisis Group.


New research by Amnesty International has revealed the devastating scale of destruction caused by the ongoing conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. (file photo).

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