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New York Times’ Satellite Images Contradict Government Version On Ngarbuh Massacre

The Satellite images demanded by pro-government professor Eric Mathias Owona Nguini and others are finally out. The images were not released by Human Rights Watch but have the same storyline of the rights NGO. Haley Willis, a journalist working with the Visual Investigations unit said that “We also found homes damaged that day in two other locations. The distance between them all and the lack of damage to surrounding vegetation rules out a single explosion as the explanation. So while some questions remain, our initial analysis contradicts the government line.”

In a thread tweets, Haley Willis wrote:

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We also found homes damaged that day in two other locations. The distance between them all & the lack of damage to surrounding vegetation rules out a single explosion as the explanation. So while some questions remain, our initial analysis contradicts the gov’t line.
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Witnesses told us this house was also burnt that day, when the attackers were moving b/t Ngarbuh 3 and Ngarbuh 2. The damage is again visible in satellite imagery. The distance (over a half mile) from the first collection of homes is inconsistent with the gov’t story.

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Witnesses say 16 of the victims (incl. 12 children) were killed at this collection of homes in Ngarbuh 3. Three buildings are completely or partially burnt — the damage is visible in high res satellite imagery from @planetlabs (& we narrowed down the date with daily imagery).

” The Cameroonian government said that during a firefight with separatists, a fire broke out which led to “blasts, followed by tongues of fire that eventually spread and reached nearby dwellings.” This, they claim, killed the victims. https://journalducameroun.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PRESS-BRIEFING-ON-ALLEGATIONS-AGAINST-DEFENCE-AND-SECURITY-FORCES_EN.pdf. Our findings contradict that account. We analyzed the footage and satellite imagery and worked with @iayongwa, who spoke to sources in Ngarbuh. They say the military deliberately carried out the attack. Here’s what we know.” She tweeted.

The government had said that five people died in what they described as collateral damage during an encounter with Ambazonia separatist fighters. The government claimed that it was an explosion of fuel that led to the death of the victims. New York Times’ investigations show that all that the government said were simply lies meant to protect the army from the crimes committed on the people of Ngarbuh.

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