Reports from the Far North Region of Cameroon indicate that tensions again escalated between the Mousgoum and Arab Choa communities on Saturday December 4, after the sides reconciled about four months ago. They had been fighting over grazing land and water for fishing.
The Governor of the Far North Region who was immediately dispatched on a peace mission to ensure calm between the two communities, said he was instructed to “address compassion” to those who were injured and those in the different hospitals.
Mijiyawa Bakari added that his mission was also to call on people to avoid violence in order to enable development “we have World Bank, the Ministry of Life Stock, the Ministry of Agriculture, they need some serenity.” the Governor said.
The battle between the Mousgoums (fishermen) and Arab Choas (cattle herders) has so far left 19 people dead, many people wounded, houses destroyed and the mass displacement of the population.