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9th Contingent Of Cameroonian Soldiers Arrive CAR To Join MINUSCA Forces

A contingent of 750 Cameroonian defence and security forces has arrived at the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission to the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

A contingent of 750 Cameroonian defence and security forces has arrived the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission to the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The contingent is the ninth such Cameroonian group of soldiers and gendarmes to join the UN Blue Berets in the country.

In handing over the national flag to the soldiers during a ceremony in the Motcheboum training centre in the Eastern Region on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, the Minister of State in the Presidency in charge of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo, called on the soldiers to valiantly defend the honour of the country during the duration of their service and to show proof of discipline and avoid all comportment susceptible of tarnishing the image of the country.

The minister warned the troops that all acts of sexual abuse or incorrect manipulation of material at their disposal would be severely dealt with.

Cameroon is a privileged partner of the Central African Republic within the context of MINUSCA, and 11,650 United Nations Blue Helmets have already been deployed in the country since the beginning of MINUSCA operations. Cameroon has furnished 1,070 soldiers, 550 of whom are from the infantry battalion, 320 gendarmes, among other security personnel.


“This strong representation is very much appreciated by the United Nations, and indisputably a revelation of the human, professional, and operational qualities of the Cameroonian soldiers and gendarmes,” Minister Joseph Beti Assomo declared during the farewell ceremony.


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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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