While we seemed to have been observing a period of calm in the Far North for a while, insecurity is returning with renewed vigor with the resurgence of kidnappings for ransom. Uncertainty continues to grow in the Far North region of Cameroon. A recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed that more than 82 civilians had been abducted by unidentified armed men in the provinces of Logone and Chari, in the Far North region. , in February. “While several people have been released, often after the ransom payment, several others are still in captivity. Young boys and girls were also reported missing. Informed sources suspect forced recruitment ”, the report reads.
In addition to kidnappings, other tragedies linked to the presence of armed groups in the area occur regularly. “Localities near the Mandara Mountains (Mayo-Sava and Mayo-Tsanaga), as well as those in and around Lake Chad, continued to be the most affected. At least 23 civilians were killed and 24 injured during these incidents, and many people’s property was looted and/or destroyed,” reports the UN program.
MyInsecurity is not without consequences in Logone et Chari. It caused the displacement of more than a thousand people. “Bringing to more than 6,000 the number of internally displaced people registered in the region since January 2023,” OCHA said.