UN observes pattern of violence in English-speaking part of Cameroon

Daily Sabah | Unidentified armed men are launching repeated attacks on children, teachers and schools in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking region, the United Nations said Thursday.

Gunmen launched five assaults in less than two weeks in the country’s North-West and South-West regions, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon, Matthias Naab, said in a statement.

On Wednesday, armed men attacked a college in the town of Limbe, torturing teachers and children. On the same day, nine children were kidnapped on their way to school in Fundong and but later released, according to Naab.

Unidentified armed men kidnapped 11 teachers and school staff from a primary and secondary school in the town of Kumbo on Tuesday. Another 15 schoolchildren from Bamenda were abducted on their way back from school on Oct. 23.

“They carted away a total of 11 teachers and dispersed the children to go home unhurt,” the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon said in a statement about Tuesday’s kidnapping.

Six of them were released the following day, several of whom had been subjected to torture and had to be hospitalized.

A day later, gunmen killed eight schoolchildren in the town of Kumba. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“These incidents are part of a pattern of violence … by non-state armed groups who are calling on residents to boycott schools in the two regions,” said Naab.

Cameroon has been troubled by unrest and attacks on civilians since its two main English-speaking areas, the northwest and southwest regions, announced in late 2016 that they wished to secede and form a new country called Ambazonia. English speakers have long complained of being treated like second-class citizens and receiving less government funding in Cameroon, which is mostly French-speaking.

In November 2019, the U.N. International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimated that some 855,000 children in Cameroon’s anglophone regions did not attend school, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

More than 4,100 public primary schools, around 90% of the total and 77% of public secondary schools were either closed or not operating, UNICEF said.

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3 comments

  1. The UN, US, the Vatican, etc all use the phrase “by Unidentified armed men”.
    Only the CRIMINALS ruling the so-called “one and indivisible” LRC continue to use the phras “by secessionist terrorists”,
    Of course, the international community is not stupid. They know that LRC is ruled by PATHOLOGICAL LIARS and ex-convicts.The international community has not forgotten about the Ngarbu massacre, the massacre of women and chikdren in the Far North perpetrted by “Malian soldiers”, etc.
    That is the reason they will continue to consider the baseless accusations of the CPDM crime syndicate with a pinch of salt.
    Atanga Nji boys can continue to murder school children, abduct teachers, burn down schools, etc. The international community will NEVER EVER accuse Amba boys without a credible investigation.

    • **** BREAKING FABULOUS NEWS****

      „Southern Cameroons Crisis: Six gov’t soldiers killed in attack near Eyumojock
      Heavy fighting raged in the Eyumojock Local Government Area in Manyu County last Thursday 29 October 2020.Ambazonia restoration forces under the command of Manyu Liberation Ghost Warriors launched a counterattack that dealt a severe blow to French Cameroun forces. The Ambazonian forces ramped up the deadly raid with artillery fire and homemade explosives”

      * MY TAKE *

      The war remains UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE, UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE..

      SC + LRC ´= SC + LRC

      Only fools still daydream that

      SC + LRC = LRC

  2. The war will prolong, because the country, has no leadership. Dangerous for a country
    at war. People like Atanga Nji, Rene Sadi etc, should be called errant boys, not ministers.
    Banana republics, always pride in looking for big names.

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