Anglophone protesters detained in Yaounde central prison go on hunger strike to denounce “illegal detention“. They present themselves as part of the first wave of North West and South Westerners transferred to Kondengui prison for more than six months.
The reasons for their hunger strike are specified in a correspondence sent Monday, June 5, 2017, to the direction of the prison. They state that since November 2016 they are “detained without charge“. “We are far from our families and we have no means of assistance, despite the difficult times they are going through. During our detention, we lost our jobs, our livelihoods. Our families are on the streets, our loved ones have broken hearts and we are unable to provide them with any assistance or comfort. “
These detainees also complain that the Military Court is asking them “10,000 CFA francs before any case can be brought to justice and that the files are transmitted to their lawyers“. Poor prison conditions, physical and moral torture, resulting in trauma, are other reasons for these prisoners to justify their hunger strike.
Below is the letter addressed to the Kondengui prison