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Cameroon: After Surviving Military Brutality, 93-Year-Old Woman Recounts  Tear-Provoking Ordeal

Beautiful eulogies and dirges were already composed for 93-year-old Sarah Apah, when armed troops raided Ekona, a locality in Muyuka Sub Division of the Southwest Region on September 28.

The nonagenarian, who has been praying to meet her maker in peace, was almost sent to celestial bliss untimely, when a gendarmerie officer used the stock of his smoking gun and knocked the woman down.

News of her supposed demise spread like a hurricane. Before the twinkling of an eye, the population of Quarter 3B in Ekona, where the patriarch resides, had gone wild, questioning why the troops had to brutalise a helpless old woman.

Armed troops had on that September 28, raided Ekona, arresting young people who were still sleeping and looting property.  

The military invasion came after the September 22 streets demonstrations that swept across major towns in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.

Speaking to The Post, the grandson of Apah, whose name The Post is withholding for security reasons, said: when they discovered that their grandmother was brutalised and she was bleeding, “We struggled and rushed her to the Muyuka hospital for medical attention.”

As the rumours of her demise went viral, the Mayor of Muyuka, Michael Nkeng, went to the resident of the nonagenarian, but he was led back to the Muyuka hospital where Apah was.

When the Mayor got in, the woman was elated to have been visited by the municipal authority and recounted her ordeal.

“I was in my room when I heard a strange bang on the door. I was terrified and I approached the door to find out who the person was. To my greatest surprise, I saw two military men inside my house, before I could ask them what they were looking for, I felt a strong grip on my shoulder. Before I knew it, the other person hit me on my forehead and I fell on the floor. I felt blood oozing out of me and I began shouting and calling for help,” she narrated.

Mayor Nkeng sympathised with the woman and handed her FCFA 50,000.

The 93-year-old is now battling for her life.

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