Land Dispute Claims 20 Lives In Far North Cameroon

At least 20 persons have been reported dead in a clash between Arab Choa and Mousgoum communities in the Logone-Birni division of the Far North region of Cameroon.

At least 20 persons have been reported dead in a clash between Arab Choa and Mousgoum communities in the Logone-Birni division of the Far North region of Cameroon.

HumAngle understands that the clash on Tuesday, Dec. 7 came about four months after the two communities engaged in a similar violent clash that led to the death of 32 persons, with 74 others sustaining injuries.

Midjiyawa Bakary,  Governor of the Far North,  has visited the affected areas to plead for peace.

The clashes between fishermen and cattle breeders took place in Mariamouloumsar, situated about three kilometres from the chief town of Logone-Birni division,  following a dispute over an area claimed by both communities.

“Human blood has flowed and shops and business places have been burnt down. After some relative calm in the day, on Monday, Dec. 6, clashes resumed again during the night,” an eyewitness told HumAngle.

According to an account by the Governor of the North Region, “Some herders wanted to feed their cattle in some fresh marshland where there were still some herbs but were confronted by fishermen who said the area was reserved for their farmland.”

“Some of the fishermen even pointed to areas where they had their crops which they had not yet harvested. The situation should not have degenerated to what it turned out, had it not been for the flames fanned on social media by individuals spoiling for violence,” the Governor added.

“We have already counted eight dead, one missing and 19 wounded, with five seriously injured. All the wounded have been taken to hospitals and are being taken care of.”

The Governor announced the reactivation of the Peace and Security Commission which had been put in place after the clashes of last August.

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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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