The United States has compensated the family of the Cameroonian boy who was killed by an envoy conveying the UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, on her official visit to discuss Boko Haram in Cameroon and Nigeria.
The US provided the boy’s family with 1m Central African francs (£1,257). According to the Associated Press the family also received two cows, flour, onions, rice, salt, sugar, soap and oil.
The United States also pledged to build a water well to provide fresh drinking water for the boy’s community, located near the northern city of Mokolo, as disclosed by the state department officials.
Jeffrey Loree who is the department spokesman described the contribution as a “compensation package commensurate with local custom, as well as the needs of the family and village.” He added:
“US diplomats have visited the family on several occasions following the accident and will continue to provide all support possible.”
Ms. Power was on a week-long trip to show US support in the battle against militant Islamist group Boko Haram when the accident occurred. The Cameroon boy, Birwe Toussem, was among villagers lined up along a two-way highway welcome the ambassador.
Unfortunately he ran onto the street as the motorcade drove by at about 60mph (100km/h). Precisely, an armoured jeep struck the boy, initially stopping, but US security ordered it to continue travelling due to security concerns.
Meanwhile, an ambulance in the caravan immediately attended to the boy, but he died shortly thereafter.
The government of Cameroon with local aid organisations and the United Nations also donated 5 million francs to the family, totaling the payout to more than 10,000 US dollars.