Government in the instructions of the Head of State is determined to bring back all its citizens from the land of slavery.
This statement by the Governor of the Littoral Region, Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua, made in Douala while receiving 18 young Cameroonian migrants who returned to the country as part of a government-sponsored return campaign tells of government's resolve to see all its young people in transit to Europe back home.
"The Head of State, President Paul Biya, asked that we take care of you. You will be supported on all plans for free. He gave firm instructions for everything to be done. You must remember that every Cameroonian is valuable to the Head of State. The walk is over for you,", he assured.
The active participation of the Head of State in the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan readily translates his determination in putting an end to this scourge. Already, over 250 Cameroonians who got stocked in Libya and other North African countries and underwent inhumane torture and slave trade have been brought back home with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) .
The government according to the Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella, is currently working with the Cameroon embassy in Libya to identify Cameroonians in that country.
This, from every indication has to be done as a matter of emergency. According to the accounts of the deportees interviewed at the Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport, who attempted to reach Europe via Niger, Algeria and Libya, they were treated like cattle.
Many were for the most part employed in the plantations including the building and construction industry. The accounts of the Cameroonian returnees support the claims of their Nigerian and Ivorian counterparts who also confirmed the trade in sub-Saharan Africans in Libya.