Douala residents have been left in tears after their homes and mosque have been demolished in ‘clearance operation’ at Douala International airport.
The demolition of the homes was not welcomed by the angry Douala youths as they protested near the Douala International Airport on Saturday.
The Police charged at a group of young people protesting the demolition of their homes and a mosque and they finally dispersed the angry group with the use of tear gas.
Yassu Anne, an inhabitant of the airport area has lived at Douala for 37 years. She admits to losing everything.
“We came today to protest this because the airport was said to be dirty. They told us they’re going to fix the airport, hence the operation. But they come to demolish without warning. They come one morning to surprise us. I mean, surprise us and our children. My things are buried there…. you can’t die for your possessions, my things are over there, the pots all buried,” said emotional Anne.
The operation is said to have started at around 5 am according to the residents. The authorities have however said that it is to ensure the rights of way for Douala International Airport.
The violence has been followed by arrests, but it hasn’t undermined the ongoing process. But the operation is not over yet. The authorities have warned that the operations of breaking up and freeing the airport will continue in the coming days.