Crisis in NW/SW: Women Become Target of Rape and Murder

Dust is yet to settle since the rape and gruesome murder of Florence Ayafor in Pinyin, North West Region and more horrifying videos are flooding social media with similar macabre acts.

Maybe some have gone unnoticed but on August 2, 2020, a video of a lady killed and abandoned on Mezam Bridge went viral on Facebook.

What happened to her, no one can tell.

Few days later (August 3, 2020) another video of a girl (identified as Treasure Keno) lying lifeless went viral. Before people could understand what happened another video of her dancing (twerking) before her death goes viral.

While some people attributed her death to her being guilty of “eating a man’s money” (going out with a man and he spending on her) others alleged she was a “blackleg”, carrying information from separatist fighters to the military.

On August 11, 2020, social media again had an even more gruesome video: that of a woman being decapitated in Muyuka, South West Region.

Reports say the act happened precisely at the Makanga neighbourhood, sometime between 1 and 2pm.

After in-depth research, it happens the woman was called Comfort Timasam and was a mother of two.

Who committed this macabre act? Investigations, many hope, will provide an answer.

And what about the person recording the video?

What becomes of the victim’s children?

Will the tears ever stop flowing or must they flood the nation?

These and many more questions remain unanswered.

Government, international organisations, NGOs and individuals and organisations at home and abroad have condemned these acts, wondering when the human race became this callous.

Women and Children in War Situations

According to Resolution 3318 of the UN General Assembly of 14 December 1974: “Attacks and bombings on the civilian population, inflicting incalculable suffering, especially on women and children, who are the most vulnerable members of the population, shall be prohibited, and such acts shall be condemned.”

This is outrightly stated yet women and children are victims of crisis-linked murder in North West and South West Regions.

Social Media Reverberates on Killings

“I am George Floyd”, #BlackLivesMatter and #ICantBreathe amongst others went viral when George Floyd was killed in the U.S.

Some Cameroonians have likewise, taken to social media to decry the recent cases of rape, decapitation and killing of women in the North West and South West Regions.

Some of the hashtags being used include: #JusticeForComfortTimasam, #ComfortTimasam

Gruesome Murder of Men too

Men in the North West and South West Regions have also suffered barbaric acts.

A humanitarian worker, Tanjoh Christopher, was shot on the leg in Batibo, North West Region. He bled to death.

Reports say he was tagged a “blackleg” for questioning some action by separatist fighters.

It is worth mentioning that the records have this as the fourth humanitarian worker being killed since January 2020.

This is another UN violation, that on the protection of humanitarian workers.

A Chemistry teacher at Government School Santa and part-time teacher at Progressive Comprehensive High School in Bamenda, Pipayu Ibrahim was also killed and his body dumped into a river in Mile 4, Bamenda.

The cases are many and sometimes even go unnoticed.

While some struggle to play the blame game, attributing these barbaric acts to different parties, many peace-loving Cameroonians pray for an end to these atrocities.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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