Boko Haram attacks have been on the rise in Nigeria since 2009. The movement originated from a group of Muslim individuals who conflicted with the Nigerian government. As such, it evolved slowly and grew in number as its members managed to recruit more people. When the group finally became robust and potent, it launched a severe attack on the Nigerian government, terrorizing and killing people. To date, this group is infamous in the whole West African region at large. Like Cameroon, those in the Sahel, and the neighboring countries surrounding Nigeria are all victims of the brutal acts of Boko Haram.
The west African states have attempted uniting to control the terror attacks but failed. However, they are hoping to halt the attacks someday. Amid these attacks, Boko Haram lynch homes, butcher people, steal their livestock, capture people, and even sexually abuse them. Therefore, the aftermath of a Boko Haram Insurgency is usually severe. Narratives from escapees are generally the evidence of what victims undergo.
Boko Haram Attacks Cameroon
A group of Jihadists stormed the village of Mozogo Mayo Tsanaga area in northern Cameroon. They were firing gunshots in the air, awakening the villagers. People started screaming as they fled their homes around 1:00 am. Amongst this group was a young jihadist, strapped with explosives. As the villages ran out of their houses, they rushed to a nearby park, hoping to salvage themselves. It was not long before the jihadists brought the girl to the park. The young suicide bomber and a Boko haram terrorist died in the explosion.
Also, 14 villagers died instantly during the bombing, while the other two sustained injuries. It is not the first time that such incidents happen in the country. Boko Haram has been conducting these attacks regularly on civilians and military camps in northern Cameroon. Amidst these attacks, so much blood has been shed. As such, some people have migrated permanently from the regions prone to these attacks because of the insurgency.
Reactions on the Attack
Such incidents have sparked mixed reactions as activists worldwide draw concerns on why people undergo atrocities. Human beings are not comparable to animals, which are easily butchered. Seeing human blood flow profusely from deep cuts after jihadist attacks is not a pleasing sight. Such inhumane acts should come to an end. The governor of Mozogo, Mr. Bakari, reported that twelve farmers from the region had died during the attack. He narrated how the terrorists stormed the village, mishandling the villagers and killing them.
The recent incident has left Cameroonians questioning the credibility of their government in managing insurgency. They are wondering whether it is true that their government has everything under control.
Meanwhile, Mayor Boukar Medjewe stated that despite the allegations of slow response amid the attack, the Cameroon military had responded quickly. However, they had a rough time distinguishing the separatists from the civilians. As such, they could not fire at them. Apparently, the confusion had favored the militants who did not hesitate to kill the people. It was a sad moment for the families who had lost their loved ones. Hopefully, someday, the militia attacks will end in the country.