Friday, December 14, 2018

BIR discovers a Nigerian village in the Far West Cameroon

Yeme! It is a place that says nothing to anyone and for good reason it does not exist. It is the soldiers of Operation Alpha du Bir who made the revelation earlier this week. During a search mission, commandos in the central area of ​​Operation Alpha came across a curious gathering. They were about 30km from Kossa and were only concerned about meeting Boko Haram fighters or ferocious animals escaped from the nearby Waza National Park.

Only, it was not the case. In a cautious approach, they observed that it was a peaceful hamlet of visibly unarmed people. A village that, however, does not appear on their highly-staffed staff cards.After information to authorized sources, the village does not appear either in the registers of the territorial administration.They are very cautiously approached the boxes. They discovered a whole world.Men and women of all ages, children, well-groomed herds, freshly harvested fields. They interviewed in Kanuri the inhabitants. The portal of the Cameroonian diaspora of Belgium. They had arrived at Yeme. The village is organized. They have a leader who has introduced himself meekly to the military. He made the conversation with Lieutenant Colonel Ndikum Azieh, the commander of the central area of ​​Operation Alpha. The chief explained that the village is called Yeme. He said they are Nigerian nationals from the city of Bama and its surroundings.

It was in 2014. They were reported to have fled Boko Haram fighters. In August of that year, the sect seized Bama. They chased the military. The populations were in disarray. The terrorists multiplied exactions and monstrosities to provoke the absolute terror, the amazement.  The local populations that the jihadists invaded had little choice: to rally to the cause, to be slaughtered in front of his family, to be buried alive or to flee. Many chose to flee.It was every man for himself, but we ended up finding each other, finding each other and recognizing each other. The info clear and sharp. Affinity was organized to organize the escape more effectively. They wanted to go inside Nigeria first, but Boko Haram cut their way. They decided to go west to Cameroon. They walked for a long time with the animals they were able to gather and the things they could take away. They arrived in Kossa, in the district of Mora.

Kossa's lamido, to whom they would have sought refuge, would have indicated to them a corner far from the village where they could settle until security came back.They began to settle and remained quite discreet. In more than four years, Yeme has never been officially reported. Life went on peacefully. They sell their crops at the Djabire market. The military carried out a count of the inhabitants: more than 800 men, women and children populate Yeme.The raking of the weekend is not fortuitous. Boko Haram has a revival of activities since the end of the rainy season. Fighters with a firepower believed to be lost attacked the Nigerian military bases of Rann, Zari, Kumshe, Gambaru.

They put routed the Nigerian army and killed several soldiers and civilians. In Cameroon, they trapped the Gouzda Vreket road by planting a mine on which an Operation Alpha patrol jumped. They also sent kamikazes who failed to Boudoua near Limani last week. They mostly have predatory activity along the border. They loot isolated hamlets in search of food and medicine. However, a more dangerous activity has been reported to the Cameroonian authorities. Boko Haram buys ammunition in Chad and routes it across Cameroon to Waza. The military therefore decided to clear the border areas where residual forces of the sect hang.

They want to dismantle hamlets like Yeme, Madina, Njamina.. populated by Nigerian nationals illegally installed in Cameroon. It is feared that in the long run, Nigerians will settle down and claim the fields they work and declare them their own, as was the case with the Bakassi Peninsula.