Cameroon – East: Villagers burn down a UNESCO World Heritage Research Center

Written by Deckson N.

The daily Mutations edition of 10 May 2017 discusses the tensions that remain in the Dja Biosphere Reserve in the Eastern Region. Tensions caused by the death of an alleged poacher on 6 May 2017 during the deadly clashes between alleged poachers from Somalomo and an anti-poaching patrol team from Meyomessala on the other side of the reserve in the Southern Region. According to the newspaper until May 8, 2017 the elements of the gendarmerie company of Abong-Mbang the chief town of the Haut-Nyong division in the East were still on the ground of the clashes. They were obliged to close the Dja reserve.

The deceased, whose death caused these severe tensions, received bullets fired by a Scot. “They were suspected of being the poachers because they actually had the game in their hands. The body of the victim was brought back and buried in the village, “said a source close to the case. The newspaper reported that it was in retaliation for his assassination that the people of his village and those of the village of Ekom decided to set fire to the research center built by the Americans. Alexandre Eddy AlĂ©akonou was originally from Somalomo “All the equipment including the Gps, the desktop computers, the laptops and the documents were reduced to ashes,” says sources from Somalomo. Scots stationed at the Ekom Forest Station and the Boamier Research Center were savagely beaten. One of them is at present in a pitiful and disturbing state.

As a reminder, it was in 1987 that the Dja reserve was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

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