The long-standing conflict between the Mousgoums and the Aran Choa communities of the Far North Region in Cameroon is believed to have spread across neighboring clans.
A peace meeting between the two clans was held on Friday, to reconcile the two communities who have lived on each other’s throats disputing boundaries and natural resources.
The initiative was organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kousseri, Logone Birni.
Soon after the peace talks, another conflict sprout 24 hours later in the localities of Mariam and Ouloumsa, about three kilometers from the city of Logone.
The disagreement is believed to have started over a cattle track between rearers and fishers, an argument that quickly degenerated. The conflict soon involved the Choa Arabs and the Mousgoums who joined in to show solidarity with their brother-like neighbors. A violent clash broke out which culminated in the deaths of 11 persons, 6 of them Arab and the other 5, Mousgoums.
Several persons were equally wounded in the clash, and have been transported for treatment at the Logone Hospital. Houses were also burnt down in the village of Kids. The peace brokered between the two communities now seems distant, as the two clans are now mobilizing for further clashes.