Saturday, February 18, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Washington D.C – The photograph above is making the rounds in social media as evidence of genocide taking place in Anglophone Cameroon. The photo went into wide circulation Saturday, purportedly showing Cameroun security agents, the BIR attempting a mass dump of corpses in the high seas – possibly in Limbe.
The photo was first forwarded to us at The Cameroon Journal by a concerned source who said it was sent to him from a friend having security connections in Cameroon. When we pressed on how the image was obtained, he said, the source, a girl friend to the BIR guy who took the photograph, obtained it from the cell phone of the BIR officer while he was drunk in a bar.
However, on doing our own research and investigations, we found out that the photo isn’t that of a recent happening. We came across the same photo on another website, and it was first published on June 4, 2014. It cannot therefore be said to have anything in common with the current struggle or happenings in the Southern Cameroons.
The same photo, that appears on that website http://armandtientcheu.blogvie.com, has an inscription in French that reads “For those that the devil will try to divert from the right path … here is the treatment reserved …!!! … The BIR crushes the “Thing” Boko Haram.” (This is our own loose translation from French.) Again, that was published since June 4, 2014.
At The Cameroon Journal, we are cautioning Southern Cameroonians from sharing this photo, because whoever sent it out, may be trying to frame-up the struggle, latter to disprove all of us on the bases that we are sending out false, inauthentic evidence for our case. And it is very possible images like these being circulated could be the handiwork of La Republique du Cameroon, a ploy they may want to use to communicate to the international community to the effect that photo evidence we send out are falsified. Lets stay out of such traps. And do not be in the habit of sharing images that have not been dutifully vetted and proven to be authentic. If we are in the habit of sending out images and videos that can eventually be verified to be wrong, we are not helping the Southern Cameroons case before our observers.