Samantha Power
Power was on a week-long trip to West Africa to show US support in the battle aganist the Boko HaramReuters

The United States has provided compensation to the Cameroonian family whose child was killed after coming under a vehicle in US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Samantha Power's motorcade.

In April, seven-year-old Birwe Toussem came under the vehicle of the UN convoy that was moving at high speed when he was killed. Power was on a week-long trip to West Africa to show US support for the battle against the Boko Haram militant group.

The US gave a million Central African francs (£1,257) to the family along with two cows, flour, rice, sugar, salt, onions, soap and oil.

According to State Department officials, the US has also agreed to build a well to provide fresh drinking water to the boy's community, situated in the North Cameroon city of Mokolo.

State Department spokesperson Jeffrey Loree described it as a "compensation package commensurate with local custom, as well as the needs of the family and village".

"US diplomats have visited the family on several occasions following the accident and will continue to provide all support possible," he added.

The boy was one among the many villagers who had lined up along the highway to greet the motorcade. According to reports, the boy ran onto the street as the convoy moved at a speed of 60mph (100km/h). He was struck by an armoured jeep, which initially stopped but continued moving on the orders of US security. An ambulance in the convoy tried to resuscitate him but he died a short while later.

Local aid organisations, Cameroonian government and the UN donated 5m Central African francs to the boy's family, which brings the total amount to more than $10,000 (£7,393).