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22 Die In Farmers Herders Clashes In Chad

The conflict between the Chadian herders and farmers was caused over a disputed piece of land.

Clashes between farmers and herders in Moito canton situated in Hajer Lamis province of Chad have resulted in the death of 22 persons.

Twenty other persons on both sides of the conflict were seriously wounded in the clashes that happened on Sat., Aug. 7.

The clashes were sparked by a dispute over a portion of land in Zafaye village. The disputed land is considered as farmland by farmers who have appropriated the land to themselves. Herders on their part have been trying to transform the land into a grazing area for their cattle.

“People from both sides of the divide met on the piece of land last Saturday with each side claiming ownership of the land thus leading to murderous clashes between the two communities,” a local administrator told HumAngle. 

The government in N’Djamena Sunday, Aug. 8, dispatched a delegation of three ministers to Hadjer Lamis province to try to sort out the differences between the two communities.

Souleyman Abakar Adoum, the Minister of Public Security, who was part of the three-man delegation has ordered the putting in place of a force to secure the zone and also demanded that all those owning arms in the locality be arrested.

The government has also ordered that the land in question be left unutilised as a precarious peace is gradually returning to the zone.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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