Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Six Soldiers Killed By Mine Explosion

An umpteenth drama that mourns the Cameroonian army. As a result, it is reported that six asylum seekers and six Cameroonian soldiers died on July 29 in an explosion during a repatriation operation of Nigerians who had arrived in the country to escape the abuses of Boko Haram.

Indeed, on July 29, the Cameroonian military embarked 12 asylum seekers of Nigerian origin in an army truck to bring them back to the border. Six soldiers have been appointed to accompany them. The vehicle carrying them rolled on an explosive at Homaka (Mayo-Sava Department). Six other asylum seekers were injured in the explosion.

For the United Nations High Commission, this incident puts the practice of expulsions of Nigerian asylum seekers from the Far North back on the agenda when the conditions of return are not met in their regions of origin .

"This tragic incident is a disappointing testimony to the forced returns of refugees and asylum-seekers from Cameroon, despite numerous calls by UNHCR to the Cameroonian government to fulfill its obligations," said Valentin Tapsoba, director of UNHCR's regional office for Africa.