Belo-Boyo Division NW region Friday April 13 Belo town is lifeless. The signals of a lifeless city started from Baingo the last community to enter a town that hitherto bubbles everyday with economic activities. 

As I cross a bridge and take the hill heading to the city center from a distance I can spot a road barricade. No idea of what is ahead the entire public transport vehicle i was in with other passengers is death silent as we claim the hill passing several houses with doors close at 11:30am. 

As the car arrive the barricade it is a burnt commercial motorbike and wooden benches. As I take up my camera for a picture a driver warns please don’t do it else we will be in trouble if these people see us. As I ask which people he says the army. 

Passing the barricade here is below town. No soya, no meat, n traditional dress making store no no no no and no human being worst still no fowl, dog or even a stray goat. All shops are locked on both sides of the road. Not fewer than three burnt motorcycles can be spotted around the commercial center. Several people are to alight in Belo unfortunately the driver will not give the opportunity at the right place at that particular moment. He will have to drive pass the entire town before stopping for anyone to alight. 

There is no one to talk to. You wouldn’t dare try to go into the quarter if you know no one here because you will be taken for those who come to cause havoc; the driver warns. 

At the Baingeh market the first place to spot a gathering of more than ten after Belo town there is some buying and selling but everyone is watching who they talk to. They believe there is an unprecedented presence of plain cloth military officers around monitoring every conversation. I have to present myself with supporting identification before any will say a word to me. 

Before my arrival I am told there was a heavy gun battle in the early hours of the morning.
The community has been witness to strange happenings. They will wake up from bed to see the remains of a young man shot severally on the chest lying in their community. Someone tells me it happens like that in many other communities around Belo these days. They have witnessed how a young man is pulled from a crowd in a funeral a fired believed to be part of an armed group present in the area. “If you enter the quarters, that is when you will know what we are going through my brother.” A man who will not speak further will tell me almost in tears. 

“If you want to really see what has happened here go to Anyajua or to Sowi. It is very sad sir.” A young man in his 20s who has been away from his home in Ayanjua for four days tells me adding “I don’t know if on return I will see my small house still standing. I have sent my wife to Bamenda and my two children. Like me many young men have sent their wives and children away. Only very few old people are there. Houses have been burnt including even a storey building with businesses.” He says

 Looking at Wombong from Baingeh I can see more life but backwards towards Belo, seeing even a stray animal which is a common occurrence is rare. 

Since Wednesday April 4, the entire Belo Subdivision has not known peace since the military decided to confront head on the growing presence of gunmen in the area. Kidnappings had become the other of the day with open threats to persons who dare inform security of their location, presence or activities. 

Both economic and administrative or social activities in the area have been halted.

Reports have it that other areas in Boyo Division are also becoming gun battle grounds with random attacks reported daily  

Top Government and Military functionaries in Army Chief of staff have visited the concern sites. 
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or

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