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CAMEROON: U.S. COMPENSATES FAMILY OF BOY KILLED BY SAMANTHA POWER’S MOTORCADE

June 30, 2016

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Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., holds a press conference in New York, September 3, 2014. Power's motorcade killed a Cameroonian boy during a visit to the West African country in April. ANDREW BURTON/GETTY IMAGES

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., holds a press conference in New York, September 3, 2014. Power’s motorcade killed a Cameroonian boy during a visit to the West African country in April.
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Toussem’s family has been given 1 million Central African francs ($1,700) by the U.S., AP reported. The Cameroonian government, aid organizations in the region and the United Nations also contributed 5 million francs ($8,500), meaning the family received more than $10,000 in total. The U.S. compensation package also included two cows, as well as hundreds of kilograms of flour, onions, rice, salt, sugar, and cartons of soap and oil.

A well will also be built in the village to provide fresh drinking water, which State Department spokesman Jeffrey Loree said would serve as “a lasting memory” to the deceased boy. Loree added that American diplomats have visited the family “on several occasions” after the accident and “will continue to provide all support possible.”

Boko Haram’s armed insurgency began in northeast Nigeria in 2009 and has since spread to northern Cameroon, as well as parts of Niger and Chad. The militant group has carried out multiple suicide bombings in Cameroon, while more than 65,000 Nigerians are currently seeking refuge from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) affiliate in Cameroon

*Newsweek

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