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UN Says It Will Ensure Security Of Trucks On Douala-Bangui Corridor In CAR

After a long blockade period, MINUSCA has assured trucks on the Douala-Bangui corridor of safety.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSCA) in the Central African Republic says it would ensure the security of three truck convoys carrying supplies between Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

The assurance was contained in a communique in which MINUSCA said it has established permanent control points along this highway.

“With the goal of continuing to supply the Central African Republic capital from the port of Douala in Cameroon, the multinational force has established permanent control points along this highway that would permit it to effect in all security, the escort of convoys in the two directions,” the MINUSCA communique revealed.

 “For the best revival of economic activities, it engages to affect up to three departures per week of merchandise convoys on this highway.”

Security on the Douala-Bangui corridor is one of the concerns of over 5000 truck drivers who pass the international highway.

The corridor had been closed for three months because of insecurity occasioned by armed groups in the Central African Republic. 

Because of this closure, since the eve of the legislative and presidential elections of Dec. 27, 2020 in the Central African Republic, more than  1000 truck drivers who transport merchandise that meet the basic citizen needs in the capital, Bangui and environs, were stranded along the corridor.

Merchandise worth about 55 billion FCFA (about US$110 million) transits through this Douala-Bangui corridor yearly, according to figures from the Cameroon customs department.

The corridor was finally reopened on March 5, 2021.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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