Bamenda: UN demands for the immediate release of 79 kidnapped students
In Cameroon, the hours are endless for families and relatives of students kidnapped in a school in Bamenda, the capital of the North West region early Monday morning: 79 children and three supervisors.
This is the largest kidnapping in Cameroon since the beginning of the crisis in the English-speaking areas. Families were trying on Tuesday to find out if their child was missing while religious authorities said they were in contact with the kidnappers.
The search continues for the 79 students and 3 supervisors kidnapped Monday morning, November 5 by unidentified gunmen.
An official of the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon, Reverend Fonki Samuel Forba, said he spoke to the kidnappers, but ignored their identity. Kidnappers who he claims do not claim ransom. “Only,” he says, “the closing of the establishment. ”
During the day Tuesday, according to a witness, over 250 people gathered in the grounds of the Presbyterian Secondary School. Families and relatives of the 79 students abducted.
“They were asking to see the list of missing children,” a source close to the school said, but the school administration refused to avoid the outbursts and anger. ”
A mother of two teenagers who attended school and who wanted to remain anonymous spent the day there. “We did not see any children,” she said. They just say they will soon bring them to us. ”
The Secretary General of the UN Guterres on Tuesday urged the immediate release of the 79 students abducted in Cameroon, renewing its call for a peaceful end to the crisis in the English regions.