The Governor of the Far North region Mijiyawa Bakari, has revealed that the Arab-Choa and Mousgoum communities that were involved in deadly clashes some weeks ago, have reconciled with each other.
He said President Paul Biya’s call for peace was heeded as several of the inhabitants have given up their arms “since we went in the field, the same day, they massively came to hand over the arms. They agreed everything is in the past” Mijiyawa Bakari.
The Governor indicated that everything is now under control with a commission created to coordinate return to stability. “We counted 12,526 persons that were affected in 40 villages. Most of those who crossed the Logone river to Chad are back home.
“They have lived in that same area for years as brothers and sisters. Now everyone looks forward to the future. We preached peace to them and we reminded them about the key concerns of the Head of State which are living together, national integration, peace and understanding” the Far North Governor explained.
The two groups disputed over a water source in the Zina locality where the fishermen (Mousgoum) erected dikes to develop their fishing grounds. That was the same place where the Arab Choa shepherds had been coming with their cattle to drink water.