International Non-Governmental Organization Human Right Watch, HRW has called on the Government of Cameroon to review its strategy in protecting civilians in the Far North against the Boko Haram Islamic group which has been multiplying deadly attacks in the region recently.
In a report published Monday April 5, the NGO says since December 2020, at least 80 civilians have perished in attacks on villages and towns in the region which has become the epicentre of Boko Haram’s violence.
Besides the killings, elements of the Islamic group are said to have looted hundreds of homes in the area.
“Boko Haram is waging a war on the people of Cameroon at a shocking human cost,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.
The United State based group is thus urging the Government of Cameroon to adopt a new approach to protect vulnerable communities as well as monitor the conduct of troops in the region.
The report mentions the deadliest recent attack that was in the locality of Mozogo on January 8.
At least 14 civilians were killed, including 8 children and three others wounded, including two children.
Few weeks after, Territorial Administration Minister Paul Atanga Nji said that the security situation in the Far North region is “under control” and that Boko Haram is “living its last days.”
A month after, the military said it deployed troops to the country’s northern border with Nigeria after it had intelligence that several hundred heavily armed Boko Haram fighters are hiding there, planning attacks on Cameroon.
The Boko Haram insurgency began in Nigeria in 2009 and then spread across the Lake Chad basin countries, including Cameroon.