Boko Haram Displaces Thousands in Northern Cameroon
Boko Haram has been wreaking havoc and destruction across northern Nigeria and the lake chad regions of Cameroon, chad, and Niger for over a decade. Just over a week ago, the terrorist group again attacked a group of villages in Northern Cameroon, displacing as many as 1,100 Christian families. This attack took place on 10 July in Roum village, a small Christian village in rural Cameroon. There were also other attacks in other small villages on July 5th and 11th.
Reports claim that the group burned down most of the villages, destroyed food stores, and either killed or stole all of the livestock. The families who were able to flee with their lives are now struggling with hunger, thirst and lack of shelter.
The timeframe of these attacks comes at a terrible time, as the food from the previous harvest is almost gone, and they prepare to take in the next harvest at the end of the rainy season. The rainy season will continue until late September or early October, and also causes issues for the military and security forces. It makes it harder for them to travel quickly or patrol easily. This means that attacks by groups like Boko Haram become easier and more frequent.