Inevitable Cohabitation

Geographical mobility of labour and other social factors account for the settlement of individuals in a locality. No region nor village has only occupants who are natives of the said locality. Just as one does not have the powers to choose a biological family, so too can colleagues and neighbours not be selected. We are thus obliged by nature to cohabitate with one another. Living together has its challenges but peace and tolerance have to supersede hate. 
At the same time, human differences are normal, but how we resolve them is crucial to the image of the country and national development. Intertribal conflicts are not new to the history of humanity; reason authorities are on a constant security alert to ensure calm during tensions. 
The Far North Region has unfortunately witnessed intercommunal tensions over the years. Intertribal clashes between the Musgoum and Shuwa Arab ethnic groups in the locality of Logone Birni, in August 2021 resulted in several human and material casualties. Properties and houses in both communities were destroyed and burned down with loss of lives recorded. Reasons for the various tensions have been varied. While conflicts between herders and farmers due to land access in Cameroon's Logone et Chari Division have been recurrent since 1990, the scale of damage observed lately has been unprecedented. Security forces are on each of the instances being deployed to ensure order, followed by authorities who visit the locality and preach peace. 
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