More than 250 foreign workers, mostly Chinese, have fled violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) for the Cameroon border town of Garoua Boulay over the past week, Cameroon government authorities said on Monday.
Roughly 152 of the 250 foreign workers were Chinese miners, merchants, and construction engineers working in CAR.
“The foreign workers say they are being targeted by rebel groups disgruntled with the C.A.R.’s December 27 presidential election that saw Faustin-Archange Touadera reelected,” Voice of America (VOA) reported on January 11.
“Armed rebel groups began threatening Chinese mining workers after the December 27 elections in the CAR,” a man named Li Yu, 23, who said he was a spokesman for the Chinese workers fleeing CAR for Cameroon, told VOA.
“The situation worsened during the first week of January when groups of heavily armed men started searching their [Chinese workers’] homes, looting and asking all Chinese citizens to leave or be killed,”