Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group that has terrorized western Africa for over a decade, has recently targeted Cameroon with a series of suicide bombings. In response, the citizens of Cameroon, regardless of their religion, are uniting and standing up to the brutal terrorist group.
Citizens are creating “vigilance committees,” patrolling areas that are believed to be possible Boko Haram targets.
While the vigilance committees patrol many public areas, Christians and Muslims in Cameroon have formed their own alliances.
“We have a new technique; Christians secure mosques when Muslims pray,” said Mindjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon’s Far North Region. “On Sundays when Christians are in places of worship, Muslims patrol around churches to detect any suspicious movement.”
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Cameroon citizens have successfully stopped several Boko Haram attacks. The citizen patrols investigate suspicious activity, but also report their findings to the police. According to reports across Western Africa, religious communities have united and stood up to the militants. In a widely reported story early this year from Kenya, a group of Muslims refused to listen to Boko Haram, and refused to separate from Christians on a bus.