The leader of an independence movement in Cameroon has denied his forces have committed crimes against humanity and demanded the international community recognise the Anglophone region as a separate state.
Speaking to Sky News, Dr Cho Ayaba said the humanitarian situation in the Central African country was “spiralling out of control”. The battle for independence in Cameroon’s western region – which separatists call Ambazonia – is spiralling into a civil war and more than a million people need aid. Sky News has reported how children and teachers in the region face being killed or tortured if they break the separatists’ boycott of government schools and institutions – an attempt to force negotiations with the country’s Francophone rulers.
However, Dr Ayaba insisted his forces are not involved in such brutality. He told Sky’s All Out Politics programme: “No, our forces are not responsible for crimes against humanity. “We have a disciplined force that respects its code of conduct that is drafted to reflect the spirit of the Geneva Convention.”