Cameroonians Demonstrate Against Attacks by Boko Haram
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military’s battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria’s Islamic extremists.
Boko Haram rebels have crossed over from Nigeria to attack towns in northern Cameroon. About 200 Cameroonian soldiers have been killed in the fighting, according to the demonstration’s organizers, Cameroonian journalists who have reported on the fighting.
The demonstrators marched through Yaounde’s streets, carrying the flags of Cameroon and Chad, two of the African countries that have deployed troops to help the Nigerian army to fight Boko Haram.
The march was a sign of solidarity for the millions of people suffering in Nigeria and neighboring countries as a result of Boko Haram’s violence, Guibal Gatama, a journalist and the event’s main organizer, told The Associated Press.