Commercial Activities on Cameroon-Nigeria Border Kick-off

Officials in Cameroon and Nigeria say economic undertaking has progressively resumed along their border, in spite of the continued presence of the terrorist team Boko Haram. Markets have re-opened and border retailers say traveling close to the border is safer thanks to a heavy presence of troops.

Gasoline vendor Oumarou Fouman, 40, stated activities are step by step returning to the town of Amchide on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria. He stated many retailers have been crossing into Cameroon from Nigeria with digital appliances, auto parts, and food to sell.

Fouman stated he is one of eight men who have resumed shopping for gasoline from Nigeria and selling it in Cameroon. He stated earlier he crosses over from Cameroon, he calls his suppliers in the Nigerian town of Banki to discover if it is secure to travel.

Seini Lamin Boukar is the traditional ruler and mayor of Kolofata, a Cameroonian city on the border with Nigeria. Boukar and 5 of his family members had been kidnapped by Boko Haram combatants in 2014 and freed after a week.

Boukar stated commercial activities are picking up in Kolofata and cattle ranchers from African nations have begun visiting the cattle market.

He notes there is nonetheless a security problem. On April 7, the Boko Haram group attacked merchants in Kolofata for food and money, just 5 days after the cattle market reopened.

“The first thing to do is to assist us to finalize the safety movements and additionally to improve the commercial activities. Amchide is a robust commercial city, we have people coming from the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and so on,” stated Boukar.

Map of Cameroon, displaying the Northwest and Southwest (English-speaking) regions
Rights groups are additionally worried about the security of civilians on the Cameroon Nigeria border. Illaria Allegrozi is a senior central African researcher for Human Rights Watch. She stated there has been a resurgence of Boko Haram atrocities in the area with serious consequences for civilians.

“The safety situation in this location remains extraordinarily risky and violence continues to push people out of their homes. We as HRW however also U.N. organizations have documented how hundreds of families throughout the regions pass every day to safer areas to avoid Boko Haram attacks. For example, following the January 8 Boko Haram assault in Mozogo, hundreds of people did no longer spend the night time at home for over a month,” she said.

Allegrozi stated conditions in Cameroon northern administrative groups like Mayo Sava, Mayo Tsanaga and Mayo Moskota no longer appear conducive for displaced people to safely return to their homes.

“More needs to be carried out to efficiently defend civilians in the Far North region including by way of boosting the military presence and patrols and additionally making sure that the troopers uphold human rights standards,” she said.

The Boko Haram group has been agitating for 11 years to create an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria. The hostilities have spread to Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Benin.

The United Nations statistic shows that Boko Haram violence has cost the lives of at least 30,000 individuals and displaced about 2 million in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad combined.

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