Supply Runs to Central African Republic Halted by Drivers in Cameroon

A Seleka fighter close to the border of the DR Congo
A Seleka fighter close to the border of the DR Congo

Yaounde – Truck drivers who transport humanitarian aid from Cameroon to the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) have halted deliveries after suspected Seleka rebels attacked killed three of their colleagues. The truckers say they will not go back to work unless authorities in the C.A.R. can assure them of their safety.

Frustrated drivers are expressing anger that African peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have not protected them from the country’s rebels and militia groups.

One of the drivers, 52-year-old Danjuma Bello, told VOA that he had taken the advice of the transporters’ union and will not carry goods to the C.A.R.

He said they were taken unaware when armed men attacked them and started shooting. He said his vehicle has holes where bullets penetrated.

Bello said he narrowly missed death in last Sunday’s attack. But three of his peers were killed.

The drivers, who transport food, relief items and other goods from Cameroon’s seaport, Douala, say they have been victims of persistent attacks from both Seleka rebels and their anti-Balaka rivals…

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