By Mua Patrick, March 2, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Yaoundé – A delegation from the United Nations Security Council was expected to arrive Cameroon Wednesday for a two-day working visit.
Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations in a statement issued Tuesday, February 28, announcing the visit said that during the delegation’s visit, the officials will assess the situation on the ground in the fight against Boko Haram terrorist group, the progress made as well as challenges faced in view of identifying the needs of the Lake Chad Basin States for a better formulation of the assistance from the international community.
“On the esteemed approval of the Head of State, a United Nations Security Council delegation carries from 2nd to 3rd March 2017, a working visit to Cameroon,” the statement from the Ministry of External Relations signed by Adoum Gargoum stated.
The visit is the first of its kind to be conducted by the Security Council in the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission fighting against Boko Haram.
During their visit, the Security Council delegation will be received in audience by some top government officials. Also during the visit, delegation members will take part in a joint meeting grouping concerned Ministries under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
“Its programme of work also includes a field mission to Maroua and a meeting with some refugees and displaced persons as a result of the Boko Haram exactions” the statement said further. There is no indication whether the UN delegation will pay visits to the Northwest and Southwest Regions of the country which have been locked down owing to tensions over torture, detentions and murder of many residents of the regions by the Paul Biya’s regime. However, this is no indication that they will not. If they will, the regime won’t want to announce it for the bad publicity it did give their case.
In the meantime, nearly 2.5 million persons according to official figures have been displaced within the Lake Chad Basin since Boko Haram began its incursions.
In January 2017, the UN in a report said despite the gains made against Boko Haram by countries in the Lake Chad Basin region, the extremist group remains a threat, carrying out asymmetric attacks against civilians.
The UN statement stressed that only a concerted international approach would help repair the material and social damage inflicted on communities.
Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council that the region continued to suffer from the combined effects of violent extremism and a serious humanitarian crisis, as well as human rights abuses and violations by terrorist elements.
Despite the counter-insurgency operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Boko Haram maintained the ability to carry out attacks and perpetrate violence against civilians through kidnappings, suicide bombings, improvised explosive devices and ambushes on towns and villages.
In September 2016, Rights Organisation, Crisis Group said that in two and a half years, Boko Haram killed at least 1,300 civilians, 120 soldiers and abducted an estimated thousand people in Cameroon.
They have burned down hundreds of schools and businesses and forced thousands to flee. Today, there are over 190,000 internally displaced Cameroonians in the Far North and around 65,000 refugees from neighbouring Nigeria, the Group said.