Cameroon Sends New Contingent Of Soldiers To Central African Republic

The soldiers have just completed a pre-deployment training course at the Training and Consolidation Centre at Motchebom in the Eastern Region.

A new contingent of Cameroonian soldiers is on its way to the Central African Republic to participate in peacekeeping operations.

The contingent comprises 835 soldiers, including 750 active soldiers and 75 reservists.

The soldiers have just completed a pre-deployment training course at the Training and Consolidation Centre at Motchebom in the Eastern Region.

They graduated from the centre on Thursday, July 14, 2022, just a few hours before they left on their way to the Central African Republic.

General Hector Marie Tchemo of the army general staff presided over the graduation ceremony and stood in for General Rene Claude Meka, the army chief of staff.

Security within the borders between the Central African Republic and Cameroon has been a significant preoccupation among the two countries. Cameroon has this year deployed hundreds of soldiers to its border with the Central African Republic after Central African Republic rebels abducted 35 Cameroonians last April.

The Cameroon army had indicated that the Central African Republic rebels have been targeting Cameroonian businessmen, farmers and cattle breeders from whom they have been stealing money from cattle sales.

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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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