A conflict is reported to have sparked between the Mousgoum and Arab-Choa communities of the Far North region, leading to 12 deaths and 48 injured persons.
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.
With disagreement between the two communities escalating to deadly clashes, administrative and law enforcement officials had to intervene for calm to return. The authorities have also engaged in a sensitization of the population on the need for peace.
“We had a dispute between two communities, Mousgoum on the one hand and Arab-Choa on the other hand. Mousgoum being the fishermen and Arab-Choa cattle breeders. Right now 12 persons have died and 48 others are injured and are in the hospital. So we have been instructed by the hierarchy to go to the field to talk about peace to the population” Far North Governor Mijiyawa Bakari told CRTV.
The two conflicting communities in the Logone and Chare Division, have been asked to heed to the call of the Head of State for peace. “We have traditional rulers, Elite in the Far North region who have sat around the table to sensitize the conflicting parties to lay down their weapons and work hand in hand as a family according to the word of the Head of State” Mijiyawa Bakari.
A huge property loss has been incurred by several affected inhabitants. Houses, cattle and foodstuffs, are said to have been destroyed in the deadly clashes.