Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Cameroon Crisis: North West, South West And Far North: About 252 Ex-combatants Disarmed And Demobilized

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For fiscal year 2020, the government intends to provide more financial resources to the National Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration.

Created on 30 November 2018, the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (Cnddr) has been conducting a series of activities for a few days in connection with its first anniversary. During a press conference he gave last Saturday in Yaoundé, his coordinator, Faï Yengo Francis, gave a summary report of the first year of operation of this structure whose role is to provide a welcoming environment. and social reintegration to Boko Haram repentants and members of armed groups operating in the northwestern and southwestern regions. The former regional governor said that, to date, 252 ex-combatants are currently being followed in Cnddr centers. There are 122 in Mora (Far-North), 60 in Bamenda(North-West) and 70 in Buea(South-West).

"We received the very first ex-combatant on January 28, 2019. The pace of their exit from the bush, it must be said, is a little slow because their comrades who remained there are a threat to them. The Cameroonian portal of Belgium ( Moreover, their sponsors from abroad, who are masters in the art of intoxication, tell these children that if they come to the centers they will be neutralized or imprisoned. They know nothing about the reality on the ground, they do not suffer what these children suffer in the bush, "said Fai Yengo Francis. The boss of the Cnddr swears that since November 04, 2018, date of his appointment, no ex-combatant has been harmed.

"The outstretched hand of the President of the Republic is sincere, it is the outstretched hand of a father; these children must continue to leave the bush, "he continues. What is done concretely in Ddr centers? "The first thing we give to these children in Ddr centers is security. Because it must be said that these children do not come massively because they are afraid, as well of their friends remained in the bush as the security forces with whom they had clashes for several months, and even their families because that they created a lot of problems there.

But this is the state, the defense forces provide security in the centers. The second thing they are offered is small income generating activities. 

In Ddr centers , they practice agriculture, livestock and many other small trades. Because, when the security conditions are met again, they will not have to start all over again, "explains the coordinator. Who also welcomes the work of accompanying churches and NGOs. It should be noted in passing that for the 2020 financial year, the government intends to grant CFAF 5 billion to Cnddr.

Source: camrbe