By Boris Esono (Buea-Cameroon)
Authorities at the Kondengui maximum prison in the nations capital Yaounde have rejected humanitarian relief assistance brought by the Ayah Foundation this January 10 to detainees in the detention centers.
In his Facebook page, Ayah said a great majority of the foodstuffs and basics had already gotten in when, after instructions from hierachy (we learn), everything was thrown back out. “We were equally asked to leave the premises with immediate effect. Permit me state that we had formally asked to visit the detainees as the law demands”.
It is still not clear if that petition was denied or accepted by all indication points to the latter. It is also not the first time humanitarian relief materials have been taken to the prison by the Ayah Foundation.
This incident comes as Sisiku Ayuk Table and Co. leaders of the Ambazonia separatist movement return to the Yaounde military tribunal where their trial continues.
This is this first appearance of the year and their second in open court since they first appeared last month to answer ten charges against them.
In addition to the over one hundred lawyers expected at the trial, Nigerian human rights lawyer Barrister Abdul Oroh, is expected to be present after arriving Cameroon at the start of the week.
Barrister Abdul alongside his compatriot and human rights lawyer Femi Falana recently dragged Cameroon and Nigeria to the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights in Banjul-The Gambia for the unlawful déportation and trial of Sisiku Ayuk, asylum seekers and refugees from Nigeria to Cameroon.
The Ayah Foundation is at the forefront of helping victims of the ongoing crisis. Pledges from various personalities have been made. Recently, Indomitable lion Michael Ngadeu who plays for Slavia Prague in the Chech Republic made a donation of FCFA 1 Million to assist the foundation’s efforts in providing relief aids to victims of what Ayah calls “a senseless war humanity has ever experienced”.
The situation in Cameroon has also worsened in recent months, as fighting has intensified in the so-called Anglophone regions between security forces and armed groups, with a large number of civilian victims and over 180,000 people forced to take refuge far from their homes – now in pressing need of humanitarian assistance.