Samantha Power, A top United States diplomat and ambassador to the United Nations (UN) has expressed her “great sorrow” after a vehicle in her convoy struck and killed a young boy during an official visit to Cameroon.
Cameroon’s Ministry of Defense said, citing local journalists travelling with the convoy, that the 8-year-old boy crossed the road without looking near the city of Mokolo. Samantha Power was travelling to a refugee camp in northern Cameroon when the child was struck yesterday. The ambassador was not in the car that struck the boy, the ministry said.
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Power said that the child received immediate care from an ambulance travelling with the group but died shortly afterward.
The diplomat said she and other United States and Cameroonian officials visited the boy’s family following the accident to “offer our profound condolences and to express our grief and heartbreak over what the family is going through”.
Power is travelling with United States Department of Defense and United States Agency for International Development officials on a weeklong trip to Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria to underline American support for the campaign against Islamist terror group, Boko Haram.