Authorities in Cameroon say 165 Anglophone separatists and Boko Haram terrorists have voluntarily surrendered in the past two months, while hundreds of other separatists have stopped fighting
Cameroon’s military and groups loyal to the government have been been circulating a video for the past week of an alleged former separatist fighter named Yannick Kawa.
The video, divided into two parts, first shows Kawa saying he would never stop commanding his fighters to crush the military. However, the second part shows Kawa telling a crowd that a stranger online convinced him to surrender to the military’s Rapid Intervention Battalion, the BIR.
“I was in touch with one man online, he started encouraging me,” Kawa said in the video. “Then I decided to surrender myself to the BIR. From that day up ’til today, I am free.”
Cameroon’s National Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (NCDDR) said 56 of the militants who surrendered were from Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions, while 109 were from Mora on the border with Nigeria.
“The numbers may seem small, but I think we are doing a lot because in addition to these numbers we have, we have hundreds of them who have laid down their arms,” NCDDR coordinator Francis Fai Yengo said.
Yengo said many who surrendered were in a location he could not disclose for security reasons.
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