The Cameroonian army is currently training 825 soldiers and gendarmes, including 77 women, at the Motcheboum forest training center in the East region. They are part of the 10th battalion of peacekeeping troops that will be deployed to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). During the three-month training, they will learn the UN rules of engagement as well as peacekeeping combat techniques and tactics.
Lieutenant Ulrich Marciane Mballa, one of the instructors, explained that their mission includes tasks such as protecting women, ensuring security and peace, safeguarding children, and protecting human rights, including addressing sexual violence related to conflicts. Cameroon is one of the main contributors of troops to MINUSCA. In August 2021, the country reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the peace process in the neighboring country. The commitment was expressed during meetings between Cameroonian and Gabonese military authorities and the MINUSCA Force Commander, General Sidiki Daniel Traoré, during his official visit to these two countries from August 12 to 22, 2021.
Last year, 1,070 Cameroonian peacekeepers were deployed to the Central African Republic to protect civilians and support the transition process in the country.