In a statement received by CameroonWeb, OCHA strongly condemns the attack on its humanitarian convoy in the southwest region of Cameroon on March 28, 2021. It attributes this aggression to “non-state” armed groups and demands respect for international rights in this part of Cameroon.
The Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon, Mr. Matthias Z. Naab, strongly condemns the attack perpetrated by a non-state armed group on March 26 against a United Nations convoy in the village of Ikata, in the southwest region of Cameroon .
The United Nations convoy, consisting of two vehicles and seven staff, was on a surveillance mission in the village of Munyenge in the South West region. Shortly after entering the village of Ikata, a group of armed men opened fire on the convoy with automatic weapons.
The attack did not result in any casualties or injuries among mission participants, but both vehicles were seriously damaged.
This attack is the first of its kind against a UN convoy since the start of the Northwest and Southwest Crisis.
However, several aid workers have been threatened, kidnapped, injured and killed to date in these two regions.
General insecurity, including attacks against civilians, aid workers and essential social service providers, increases the suffering of the population and undermines the ability of humanitarian actors to rapidly deliver vital humanitarian assistance.
On behalf of the humanitarian community, the Humanitarian Coordinator calls on all parties to the crisis to respect their obligations under international human rights law and to refrain from any attacks against humanitarian organizations, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, educational and health institutions, their staff and property. The UN calls for the perpetrators of these attacks to be held accountable.
“The safe, rapid and unhindered access of humanitarian organizations to the life-saving assistance they provide to the affected population must be guaranteed,” Naab said.
Mr. Naab underlined the commitment of the humanitarian community to continue to support the populations affected by the crisis in Cameroon.