The multinational joint task force fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria says it will hold some 200 former terrorists until Cameroon can construct a rehabilitation center where they will be socially integrated before returning to their communities. The former terrorists are currently being held at the barracks of the task force in Mora, on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria.
The soldiers at the Mora Camp, where the former fighters are held, say that the former terrorists wish to return to their villages and deeply regret all the killings saying they were forced to carry them out.
There are nearly 200 former fighters detained in the camp. Some were arrested during the fighting, and others handed themselves over to the military. The ex-fighters have committed to assisting the military in bringing back their peers who are still either hiding in the bush because they are afraid of the military or are still under Boko Haram control.
The multinational task force has reported having acquired land that they hope to use to build the rehabilitation center from where they will separate the genuine defectors from spies to ensure that those reintegrated into the society do not pose a further threat to their communities.