In Cameroon, a brief hearing was held on Friday, May 19 in Douala before the High Court on the Eseka drama, the derailment of a train more than six months ago. This accident had officially caused 79 deaths and more than 600 wounded.
The families of the disappeared are in fact demanding, among other things, the identification of the bodies still in the morgues in Yaounde.
The lawyers of the families of the disappeared of the railway disaster demand that their parents, passengers of this train which had finished its race on October 21st, 2016 in the small town of Eseka be made alive to them. Or if their death is found, the bodies are given to them. They also demand that certificates of death be issued to them.
At the hearing this morning, the lawyers for these families just handed their report to the judge. Camrail’s counsel then requested a referral, the time for them to read it and provide their response.
Delicate question of allowances
A new hearing has been scheduled for next Monday. It should allow for an adversarial examination of these applications. The delicate question of the compensation of the victims and their close relatives of this railway disaster, which had caused 80 deaths and more than 600 wounded, is played out.
In Camrail, it is forbidden to pursue this procedure and the assessment of this procedure in all serenity. While the families of the victims and their councils denounce several sprains and a law of silence, as much of the Cameroonian authorities as of the company Camrail itself.