Gang Violence Mounts in Cameroon's Economic Capital
March 17, 2017 3:09 PM
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON —
Cameroon's economic capital is cracking down on gang violence that has changed the lives of residents in many of Douala's neighborhoods.
Forty-five-year-old Ndjasso Pierre, who lives in New Bell, a popular neighborhood in Douala, says armed gangs started regular attacks when one of their members was accused of harassing citizens and killed by a crowd.
He said the assailants, who were previously attacking in groups of seven and eight, are now coming in larger numbers and targeting people inside their homes. He said the groups are signaling that they will continue attacks.
Pierre said the assailants attack using fire and locally made guns, machetes and knives.
Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, governor of the Littoral region of Cameroon where Douala is located, said several people have died and hundreds wounded. He says hundreds have also been arrested by the military which was deployed to protect the population.
Diboua said New Bell and other affected Douala neighborhoods will no longer be at the mercy of armed groups. He said people who know the network of traffickers supplying drugs to the armed groups should inform them that the military will have no mercy when it starts organizing spontaneous raids.
Douala has a population of about 3 million, a majority of whom are unemployed youths. Insecurity has always been present in the city, with broad daylight assaults, but this is the first time armed gangs have been in running battles with the military.
All comments (3)
March 18, 2017 9:57 AM
This and all the other bad things that have been happening in Cameroon is due to the failed policies of our wicked, heartless and useless guy calling himself president; I am talking about the Embezzler and Dictator Paul Biya. If these youths had jobs, they would have been busy at their places of work and not on the streets retaliating for their friend's death. But with no jobs, no hopes, no future, no money, no means of survival, we are all frustrated and angry and so turn to pour out our frustration on anyone at the slightest opportunity. Why are they bringing in the military? Is Biya's Cameroon a Military Regime? Where is the police and gendarmes? Why will something like that just bring in the military? 85% of Cameroonians want Paul Biya to resign as president of Cameroon. He is useless to us now. Mind you, I am not in support of the violence the youths are causing.
March 19, 2017 11:55 AM
Your pictures do not show any military personnel being deployed...Your first picture shows gendarmes (a paramilitary police corp) and the second one shows quick response police agents (ESIR)...
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