The Cameroonian Head of State, Paul Biya, has decided to pay a “support bonus” in the amount of 30,000 FCFA per person per month, up to the smallest steps, for the benefit of soldiers engaged in Peace and Security Operations in the North West and South West Regions.
This bonus, which comes into effect in March 2018, is equivalent to the war bonus already paid to personnel engaged in the fight against the Islamist sect Boko Haram in the Far North.
Defense Force (ADF, armed wing of the English-speaking separatists) multiplies assaults against the positions (police stations, gendarmerie brigades, etc.) of the Cameroonian defense forces in the English-speaking western regions. Clashes last Sunday in several localities including Mungo Ndor have killed one in the ranks of the Cameroonian army, according to witnesses. A balance sheet not yet confirmed by the authorities.
Since the end of 2016, the Cameroonian army has been heavily deployed in the English-speaking zone, where secessionist activists have established a form of guerrilla warfare against the Yaoundé government, which they claim to marginalize that part of the country, which represents some 20% of the population.
According to the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, the army has since lost 27 elements that have fallen as a result of terrorist acts, with 18 more cases of rape of 13- to 18-year-old girls attributed to the separatists.