The Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), a special unit of the defense and security forces, has completed the rehabilitation of five primary schools destroyed by Boko Haram in the Far North. In addition to the buildings, BIR donated school supplies, teaching materials, and food to the institutions.
In an interview with Cameroon Tribune on October 9, Lieutenant Colonel Ndikum Azieh, commander of the southern zone of BIR's Operation Alpha, assured that “arrangements are being made at all levels so that children attend normally. They can now go to school; this was not the case in the past years. That's an indicator that the worry is already going away. We are working to reassure people and we are also taking steps to ensure their safety.”
“If the area was not safe, no student would be here. Since the security system has been reinforced with the BIR base in Gossi, everything is going well," says Raphaël Ngahadek, president of the parents association of the school in Tourou, a town affected by the attacks.