Cameroon: Mount Cameroon Race of Hope Explosions Claim One Life
By Boris Esono Nwenfor
BUEA, February 28 – One of the Twenty (20) survivors of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope explosions has succumbed to injuries suffered as a result of the explosions during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the race.
Linda Nji died in the early hours of Tuesday, February 28 at the Buea Regional Hospital where she had been in intensive care. She and her children had stood along the roadside cheering the more than 500 athletes who took part in the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope before the explosion went off at Bonduma gate.
Three explosions went off with that in Bonduma, the most disastrous, injuring many civilians, including a local football player, and the late Linda with her children amongst those injured. Many of the survivors have been released from the hospital.
The corpse has been placed at the Buea Mortuary Hospital awaiting burial. Family members, friends and well-wishers have been pouring into the deceased residence at Bonduma gate to pay their respect to a woman who “went to cheer the athletes taking part in the Mount Cameroon Race and never came back.”
The armed wing of Ambazonia Governing Council, one of the separatist militia groups, claimed responsibility for the blasts. “Our primary target was the Cameroon elite forces… that were providing security for the athletes. We will not allow Cameroon to continue its occupation,” the group’s spokesperson Capo Daniel told Reuters.
“We received twenty persons, with the youngest being one year and six months. There are three children amongst those injured including two athletes, one from Cameroon and the other from Gabon,” Dr Martin Mokake, Director of the Buea Regional Hospital told Pan African Visions. “At the moment, we have also seen injuries that are related to visual injuries and chemical burns, and we have three such patients.”
“We have received strict instructions from hierarchy, right from the Minister of Public Health, to give them free care, which will go right up to when they are discharged and even follow up,” Dr Martin Mokake added.