News / Africa

CAR Fighting Spills Into Cameroon

People are seen in a camp for internally dispersed persons at the airport of Bangui, Jan. 19, 2014.
People are seen in a camp for internally dispersed persons at the airport of Bangui, Jan. 19, 2014.
— The government of Cameroon is denying that former Seleka rebels from the Central African Republic have attacked its border town of Garoua Boulai. Officials are trying to calm panic-stricken residents who say they witnessed the fighters enter their town and set off explosives. 

Seleka rebels toppled the president in the Central African Republic last March.  Then, the rebel movement disintegrated, and the mostly Muslim fighters began a spree of attacks and looting across the CAR that sparked the rise of Christian defense groups and a cycle of violence that is still continuing.

In eastern Cameroon, residents of Garoua Boulai say they were attacked over the weekend by ex-Seleka fighters who entered the border town from CAR territory.
 
Ivada Carine said in an interview with VOA there was a confrontation.

She said she saw Seleka enter her town and were met by Cameroonian soldiers.  She says she does not know where they went but she supports her military.
 
Resident Ndiki Philomene told VOA the gunmen shot indiscriminately, forcing many in her town to flee.

She said there was gunfire everywhere and the town came to a standstill until the Cameroon soldiers arrived.  She says things are just starting to return to normal.
 
Cameroon's government, however, is downplaying the incident, saying ex-Seleka fighters did not attack the town.  
 
The governor of Cameroon’s East Region, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, told VOA that Garoua Boulai witnessed a spillover from the fighting in the CAR.

He said the battle was not on Cameroonian soil but in the Central African zone called Cantoneer.  He says Cameroon’s forces were alert along the border.  But he says they did intercept many CAR residents running away from the fighting and they have been transferred to the U.N. refugee agency inside Cameroon.
 
People in eastern Cameroon have been subjected to various attacks blamed on Seleka for the past year.  The country officially closed its border with the CAR in August.

Cameroonians hope with the selection of a new interim president in the CAR, violence and cross-border attacks will come to an end.

You May Like

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

Nigerian Islamic School Tries to Combat Boko Haram

Kaduna school headmaster teaches his students that what militants are doing is are doing is 'a total misunderstanding of the Islamic religion' More

University Trains Students to Advocate for Deaf People Worldwide

Program prepares graduates to advocate internationally for access to education, jobs for people with disabilities More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: JJ Bando from: Yaounde, Cameroon
January 25, 2014 1:12 PM
Can some one remove this cancer called CAR and dump the entire country into the Atlantic ocean so we Cameroonians can live our lives in peace?


by: Joseph Effiong from: Calabar - Nigeria
January 21, 2014 1:44 AM
Why is violence reigned in any place one or two muslims stayed. Terror originated from arab nations and all sort of violence. But why ?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid