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Thousands Of Cameroonians Flee To Chad As Mousgoum, Arab Choa Clash Over Land

Although the governor has intervened by meeting with community elders, many people are taking refuge in Chad.

Thousands of Cameroonians from the Far North region have crossed over to Chad and are taking refuge in border villages following violent clashes between Mousgoum and Arab Choa communities in Logone Birni, a sub division in the Logone-et-Chari division of the Far North region.

The clashes between the two communities which started on Tuesday, Aug. 10, over a piece of land claimed by the two communities, have so far claimed 30 lives.

An uneasy calm has returned to the village following the visit on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, by Midjiyawa Bakari, Governor of the Far North region, who pitched a tent in Kousseri where he summoned leaders of the two communities for peace talks. 

Whilst the government tries to sort out the differences between the two communities, thousands of people have fled from the zone and crossed over to the Chadian town of Oundouma located in the province of Chari Baguirmi.

“Children are crying of hunger, desperate mothers unable to feed their children have no place to take shelter,” Gayang Souare, the Chadian Governor of Chari Baguirmi province revealed.

“These people lack everything. The government school Oundouma compound is finding it difficult to accommodate all the refugees pouring in. Desks in the classes have been transformed into sleeping places and leaves are serving as mats.”

“The host communities are running out of their stocks saved for the hunger season after taking care of the refugees for three days.” “The situation is simply critical,” declared a member of a humanitarian delegation that went to Oundouma to assess the situation.

“Dispositions are being taken to assure the vital minimum for these persons. To this effect, we have called on our humanitarian partners, who are right now on the ground, for assistance. We are now counting the number of refugees in place which would enable us to evaluate their needs. The next step would be to ensure that we provide these persons with the vital minimum of their needs.”

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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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