Sunday, 23 October 2016

Cameroon - Eseka Train Derailment . Dr. Fomunyoh Christopher says victims should be indemnified accordingly

The President of The Fomunyoh Foundation (TFF), Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh  is demanding indemnification and proper medical care for the victims of the Eseka October 21 2016 train derailment.
In a statement, Dr Christopher Fomunyoh also sees the need for urgent crisis management policies in Cameroon. Cameroon's official death toll is set at 70 people, Dr. Fomunyoh says more than 100 people lost their lives.
Read his reaction below....
Fellow compatriots, yesterday Friday, October 21,  our country experienced the worst train accident in its history when the Yaounde -- Douala inter-city train derailed in Eseka, Nyong & Kellé division of the Center region. 
According to reliable sources, the accident caused over 100 deaths and over 600 wounded.
I hereby express my deepest heartfelt condolences to those that lost family members, friends and loved ones in this ghastly accident. I also wish a rapid recovery to those that sustained injuries. Indeed we are all in shock and tears because a disaster of this magnitude is a real national catastrophe. Moreover this accident occurred only a few hours after the collapse of a pavement on the Yaounde - Douala road around Boumnyebel in the same division that cut off road communications between the two main cities of the country.
During these challenging times of national mourning, and as we pay homage to our fallen compatriots, we must stay strong and resolute so as not to give room to a national psychosis or perverse sense of pessimism.

I hope that à thorough investigation by competent authorities and relevant services would allow us to determine the responsibilities of those involved. Such an investigation would facilitate an honest indemnification of victims and their families, and proper medical treatment of the wounded. 

Ultimately, we must draw lessons learned from these sad occurrences to institutionalize appropriate policies on crisis management and the maintenance and upgrading of our national infrastructure.

May the good Lord (Allah) bless our dear country Cameroon, and reinforce our sense of national solidarity so we can continue to be each other's keeper.

Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh
The Fomunyoh Foundation

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