8th Contingent Of 320 Cameroonian Soldiers To Join UN Forces In Central African Republic

The Cameroon soldiers going to CAR have been undertaking trainings in Yaounde to support MINUSCA operations.

The eighth contingent of Cameroonian soldiers to serve with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) will be arriving in Sept., 2021.

The contingent of 320 soldiers just concluded a recycling course on the techniques of maintaining order at the Awae military training facility near Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon.

General Daniel Sidiki Traore, Commander of the MINUSCA forces in Bangui, visited the soldiers during their graduation ceremony last week and used the occasion to inspect the facilities of the centre where the soldiers received their pre-deployment training.

After watching a simulated operation of maintaining order between demonstrators and the forces of law and order, General Traore said he was confident of the preparedness of the Cameroonian troops constituted of gendarmes, soldiers and police.

He reminded the Cameroonian contingent that they would not be on a picnic from the moment they arrived in CAR.

Of the 320 Cameroonian soldiers to be sent to CAR next month, 180 will be deployed in Bangui, the capital and 140 in Bouar where armed groups continue to wreak havoc on the populations.

Cameroon on May 11, 2021 at the Douala air base received military equipment that the 8th contingent would use while on deployment in CAR. The material included 46 vehicles, nine of which were armoured cars and 43 trailers.

The total consignment of military equipment that the Cameroonian contingent would use in CAR includes 33 tanks, 60 heavy-duty vehicles, 43 light vehicles, 72 trailers, 24 electricity generators and military outfits for personal use.

The Cameroonian soldiers bound for Bangui have since July 5, 2021 been receiving training on how to use the newly-acquired equipment. 

MINUSCA currently has 11,000 soldiers, with 1,030 of them supplied by Cameroon. The MINUSCA priority missions include the protection of the civilian populations and support to the peace process in the country.

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