Tragedy struck yesterday as aides and journalists from the UN were headed to meet refugees and other displaced individuals in Cameroon who arose from all across Africa as a result of the war against Boko Haram. UN Ambassador Samantha Power was a part of the team and an armored jeep in her motorcade struck and killed a young boy who darted onto the road.
The sad incident occurred near the small city of Mokolo in northern Cameroon. The motorcade had apparently been moving at a fast clip, sometimes exceeding 60mph and the villagers had been lined up along the sides of the road. The boy had without warning darted onto the two lane highway, giving the sixth car in Power’s motorcade no time to react.
A Cameroonian helicopter traveling overhead as part of a large security contingent saw the collision. Just at the point of the impact, a man was seen running up the embankment, arms raised in the direction of the street, attempting to halt the child. The driver of the particular car that hit the boy was Cameroonian and his vehicle initially stopped but was ordered by American security forces to continue traveling through the unsecured area. An ambulance in the US caravan immediately attended to him.
The boy was then rushed to a local hospital, but anonymous sources who witnessed the incident attest that his condition was already quite hopeless. The UN Ambassador Samantha Power returned to the scene of the bloody incident hours later to meet the boys parents while other villagers stood solemnly about. US officials who went along with Power were also visibly affected with one aide even turning aside to cry as Power spoke with refugee children shortly after.
The motorcade moved at a much slower pace for the rest of the day. It was indeed a sad and unfortunate event.
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