BY SIMON ATEBA/WASHINGTON DC
A Cameroonian soldier, a chief warrant officer simply identified by a newspaper as Amougou, has been killed by a landmine buried by Boko Haram, the ruthless killers wreaking havoc in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.
Cameroonian newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said Mr. Amougou was killed on Tuesday morning after he or his vehicle climbed a landmine buried by Boko Haram between Gouzda Vreket and Zamga in Cameroon’s far north where the insurgency, begun in Nigeria in 2009 and expanded to Cameroon since 2014, remains very active.
Since 2014, hundreds of soldiers and policemen have died fighting Boko Haram in Cameroon, while thousands of civilians have paid the supreme price there as well. Hundreds of thousands of Cameroonians have also been displaced, leaving behind their ancestral lands and all means of livelihood.
Construction of some major roads and schools have also been abandoned in Cameroon’s far north, with workers too scared to return to work.
In Nigeria, where the attacks by Boko Haram began in 2009, more than 25, 000 people have been killed, and over two million people who fled their homes remain displaced. More attacks and bloodshed came in late last week.
And, despite assurances from Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, and his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya, that the terrorists would soon or have been defeated, many people continue to pay with their lives.
In the case of Cameroon, President Biya has not even visited the far north region since the insurgency began there in 2014, and when over 30 soldiers were killed by the terrorists and their bodies flown close to the Presidential palace in Yaounde, Mr. Biya, who spends sometimes months abroad, did not attend an event organised to honour them as fallen heroes.
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