Organizations have raised concerns over the safety of Ngonso Artifacts which are in the process of being repatriated to their country of origin. The West African country has seen decades of conflict and instability, raising doubts over the protection of the priced cultural, heritage, and religious symbols. Local organizations have pointed out the artifacts being stolen again.
One of the most vocal organizations over the issue, Peace House CIG Bamenda in a statement lamented their concern over the ongoing armed conflicts and the safety of the artifacts. “It is very likely that if the Ngonso Artifacts are returned during this current Anglophone Violent Arm Conflict, there is a very high likelihood that they will be stolen again in the same circumstances,” said Jude Nforngang.
Cameroon will be receiving the artifacts which were plundered during the colonial era and ended up in American and European museums and private collections.