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Cameroon: Soldiers not paid for service with the UN

By Desmond Kokim
Posted on Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:32

According to Communications minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the soldiers are owed $10.2 million.

Over 1,200 Cameroonian soldiers worked with the U.N. mission, MINUSCA in CAR, but only about 200 of them took part in the march in Yaoundé.

The protesting soldiers were trhwarted by the government on Wednesday when armed troops were deployed to block streets. Money for the outstanding salaries is supposed to be provided by the UN and African Union under an agreement.

CAR has been divided by inter-communal and inter-religious violence since at least 2013 in a conflict in which thousands have died.

Cameroonian soldiers, who served with MINUSCA, helped restore peace in the CAR but have not been paid for their efforts.

President Paul Biya said he took the soldiers’ demands seriously and has assured the troops that they would be paid.

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