Security checks prompt rush for ID cards

Published: 11/Aug/2015
Source: Cameroon Tribune

Long queues of people at Police Stations in Douala are unusual. Instead, such queues are often noticed during Public Service competitive entrance examinations, job recruitments or the free issuance of National Identity Cards in preparation for elections. But the situation in Douala is different this time around.

People queue up in front of police stations as early as 6 am to acquire National Identity Cards. Though not free this time, there is high enthusiasm for it. The surge in insecurity, provoked by the Boko Haram sect, has instilled civic consciousness in Cameroonians who until now were without National Identity Cards. As a result, Police Stations remain open until 6 pm as crowds wait to have the cards issued to them.

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Themes: Identity Documents
Regions: Central Africa, Cameroon
Year: 2015