US News Massacre of schoolchildren in Cameroon: an opponent denounces "the trivialization of violence" in the Anglophone crisis
Cameroon: at least eight schoolchildren killed in an attack in the English-speaking zone
© Supplied by Le Point Eight children were killed and a dozen others injured on Saturday in the attack on their classroom in Anglophone Cameroon, in conflict for nearly three years, a "horrible" crime strongly condemned by the Cameroonian political class and the African Union. The attack took place in Kumba, in the South West region, where "at least eight children were killed by gunfire and machete attacks.
The murderous attack on a school by a commando team, on October 24, 2020, resulted in the death of at least seven children aged nine to twelve, most of them shot at point blank range in their classroom in Kumba, southwest Cameroon.
It is through social networks that the opponent Maurice Kamto, president of the Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun (MRC), expressed his indignation and his anger after the massacre of several schoolchildren, perpetrated by unidentified armed men in a school in Kumba, in the English-speaking province of southwestern Cameroon. Under house arrest for over a month in the capital Yaoundé, Maurice Kamto protests against "these odious, barbaric and unacceptable acts" which have targeted defenseless children.
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No to the trivialization of violence in the Anglophone crisis. What happened in Kumba and other localities must never happen againStatement by the opponent Maurice Kamto, president of the MRC
Since the tragedy that struck the Kumba school, anger has been raging in the region , especially among families who have lost their children. Authorities have promised to increase security, but terrified parents no longer want to send their children to school.
I prefer to look after my children. I'll tell them to stay home with me.A parent who lost his granddaughter in the
attack on the VOA
In this troubled region of English-speaking Cameroon, schools are at the heart of the conflict. For three years, kidnappings of children and attacks on teachers have increased and the destruction of schools is common, reports AFP. The school is used as a weapon of war in this conflict, deplores the NGO Human Rights Watch. In 2019, Unicef counted some 855,000 children deprived of school due to insecurity.
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The separatists don't want children to go to schools. They assimilate these institutions to central powerIlaria Allegrozzi, researcher for the NGO Human Rights Watch
In the English-speaking regions of the South-West and North-West, where the separatists operate, panic has become widespread . Everyone is afraid of going through the same drama as Kumba's.
Accused of passivity, the authorities in Yaoundé deny not ensuring the protection of schools. They even denounced the "underground" nature of the school complex affected by the attack on October 24. "This is the reason why he could not benefit from the same protective measures as other establishments", explains the Cameroonian government.
Explanations swept away by the opponent Maurice Kamto who calls for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry into these atrocities. He calls on the government to conclude an immediate ceasefire with the separatists in the English-speaking regions. For him, the military option has shown its limits. He advocates the opening of a dialogue between the protagonists of "this absurd war", with the facilitation of international partners.
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