China has donated $7.95 million (6.86 million euros) to Cameroon’s army to boost its “peacekeeping and security operations,” especially in troubled Southwest and Northwest.
The donation was made on Wednesday July 18 by China’s ambassador to Cameroon, Wang Ying Wu, in a meeting with Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo.
The ambassador told state radio that the grant was intended to help Cameroon’s army “reinforce its capacities in peacekeeping and security operations in the region.”
Cameroon faces armed challenges in the Far Northregion, where militants from neighbouring Nigeria’s Boko Haram are active, and in the Northwest and Southwest regions, where separatists from the English-speaking minority have launched an insurgency. The army has been accused of serious human rights abuses in areas where troops are active, including filmed extra judicial killings of women and children put on social media and condemned by Amnesty International on July 12.
The government first dismissed the video as a fake, but President Paul Biya laterordered an investigation.