This is a headache for the public authorities, who must ensure security and order in an equitable manner. Fortunately, once again, the day-to-day running of the city's affairs is carried out without any notable friction, with the hospitality of the local populations, the good sense of the majority of refugees, and the dexterity of the authorities combining to iron out the difficulties and spare the sensitivities, in order to offer a decent living environment for all.
But rather than waiting to be engulfed by the consequences of instability at our borders before reacting, the Cameroonian authorities are showing an overwhelming voluntarism in the search for and implementation of solutions to crisis situations at the very places where they occur.
The mobilization of diplomacy, the deployment of troops in peacekeeping operations, are the treadles activated by our country in order to promote the restoration of a climate of peace and security in Africa and in the world.
When we know that peace and security are the indispensable prerequisites for the development of nations, how can we reproach Cameroon for its commitment to them, even if it is because there are better things to do at the local level, that this commitment would be financially costly and humanly perilous? Such an argument is a guilty ignorance of the expansive and damaging nature of the shockwave of crisis situations, whether natural or man-made. The situation is even more dangerous when these crises are the result of uncontrolled armed violence.
Moreover, if we consider the position of our country, it is clear that any indifference on our part towards the misfortunes in our neighbourhood would be an incomprehensible denial of reality and a shift of responsibility that would be detrimental to our peace of mind, our economy, our environment and our people. We might as well help to put out the fire in our neighbour's house before our own house catches fire!
Navy Captain Cyrille Serge ATONFACK GUEMO
Head of Communication Division / MINDEF