DEMAND ANSWERS AND JUSTICE FOR THE ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF MEN AND BOYS IN CAMEROON
In their fight against Boko Haram in the Far North of Cameroon, security forces have used arbitrary arrests, unlawful killings, torture, and intimidation against the ordinary people they were supposed to protect. In one of the most serious cases documented by Amnesty International, security forces arrested hundreds of boys and men in December 2014. They have not been heard of, since. To date, families are still waiting for answers from the authorities about the fate of their loved ones. Take action now to help them seek justice and truth.
On 27 December 2014, early in the morning, the Cameroonian security forces raided two villages in the Far North, Magdeme and Double, and arbitrarily arrested hundreds of boys and men, abruptly taking them away from their families. After an entire day of ill-treatments, security forces put them in tiny cells where the only way to fit was to stand. From the stories by survivors, hundreds died that night. More than five years later, families still don’t have any information from the authorities about the welfare and whereabouts of their loved ones. The authorities’ silence regarding what happened from that day forward is deafening. The weight of the families’ grief is compounded by the absence of answers.
Hassan, a father of six, is one of those who were forcefully disappeared. He had been married to Adja* for 15 years. The bond they shared was so strong that they just needed a glance to understand each other. Totally terrified Hassan’s children witnessed their father being taken by the security forces. Five years on, his children still ask about him and his whereabouts.
Mal Moussa, a fashion enthusiast, was also taken from his village that day. He loved wearing hats, as a fashion signature. His best friend Aboubacar* deeply misses him. Not knowing of his friend’s fate has been unbearable.
Abba and his brother were taken together by the soldiers. Although Abba did not have children of his own, he liked to spoil his relatives’ children. The two brothers were very close. Their father finds some comfort knowing that they are together, wherever they may be.
Ousman Bouba was married to Aminata* for more than 22 years. His wife was pregnant when the security forces took him away. Aminata gave birth two months later. With other families who lost their loved ones that day, she looked for her husband in prison without ever obtaining answers about his fate. She hopes that one day, Ousman Bouba will finally meet their child.
These are only a few of the hundreds of stories from broken families who try to grieve.
It’s time they get answers about the fate of their loved ones.
Join our supporters and members; sign the petition to ask President Biya for answers and justice about the enforced disappearance of hundreds of men and boys in Magdeme and Double.
For more information, visit our campaign page: 130 disappeared, 5 years without answers
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* The names of the relatives of those forced to disappear have been modified to protect their identities and their security