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Contingent Of 1,070 Soldiers Leaves Cameroon To Join UN Forces In CAR

The Blue Helmets have enjoyed training from the UN, and have also been prepared extensively for battle.

A contingent of 1,070 soldiers left Cameroon Wednesday, Sept. 15, to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

To prepare the soldiers for the departure, Joseph Beti Assomo, the Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Defense, had on Tuesday, Sept. 14, presided over the ceremony for the handing-over of the national flag to the soldiers at the pre-deployment centre in Doume, Upper Nyong division in the East region.

The said soldiers had been trained for three months by United Nations experts qualified to furnish them with all what is necessary for them to attain their objectives.

Addressing the soldiers, Assomo revealed that President Paul Biya, had since last year authorised the acquisition of important logistical means for the total renewal of the old equipment used by the Cameroon contingent in the Central African Republic. 

This, the minister said, was within the optic of ameliorating the working conditions of the soldiers and improving their operational capacities.

“The said brand new equipment is already being used in the Central African Republic for some months now. You will be the first beneficiaries,” he said.

“If the operational results have been satisfactory, comportments contrary to the ethics and engagements have been registered in the past. These would be severely sanctioned if they rear their heads again.”

After receiving the flag from Minister Beti Assomo, the Commander of the 8th contingent of Cameroon’s Blue Helmets to MINUSCA, Colonel Vincent Pehuie, hinted that he and his soldiers had received solid training. 

“The United Nations sent a team equipped to evaluate us and the team certified that we are capable of fulfilling this mission honourably. We have also been vaccinated against the Covid-19,” Colonel Pehuie declared.


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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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