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World Five killed in school in troubled anglophone Cameroon

10:35  25 november  2021
10:35  25 november  2021 Source:   afp.com

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But in Cameroon ’s Anglophone regions, schooling has been restricted for nearly four years. A separatist-enforced school boycott and a harsh government response have jeopardised children’s right to a safe education. In this escalating crisis, kidnappings, extortion and killings of Through analysing open source material from Cameroonian social media, Bellingcat has verified 11 further attacks against schools and children in the Anglophone regions starting in 2018 and continuing into the early months of this year. These videos, collected by the Cameroon Anglophone Crisis Database of Atrocities and

Three students and a teacher were killed Wednesday at a school in a western Cameroon region gripped by conflict between the armed forces and anglophone separatists, state TV said. A bilingual secondary school at Ekondo Titi in the Southwest Region was targeted for “murderous attacks by unidentified individuals,” CRTV news channel said. In addition to the four dead, several people were being given hospital treatment for wounds, it said. “The defence and security forces are currently carry out a sweep to search for the assailants,” it said. Roger Kaffo Fokou, secretary of the National Union

Four students and a teacher were killed Wednesday at a school in a western Cameroon region gripped by conflict between the armed forces and English-speaking separatists, state TV said.

Map of Cameroon locating English-speaking regions and their capitals, Bamenda and Buea. © Valentina BRESCHI Map of Cameroon locating English-speaking regions and their capitals, Bamenda and Buea.

A bilingual secondary school at Ekondo Titi in the Southwest Region was targeted for "murderous attacks by unidentified individuals", CRTV news channel said.

Roger Kaffo Fokou, secretary of the National Union of Secondary School Teachers (SNAES), told AFP that "three students were shot dead. A wounded teacher also died while she was being taken to hospital."

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6 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Cameroon said five soldiers and a civilian were killed early Wednesday in the troubled English-speaking region of Northwest when an improvised explosive device hit their vehicle. The soldiers were part of a government convoy that had traveled to the remote sub-divisions of The civilian killed was a government official. "They were killed by terrorists," Marie said referring to armed separatists who are known to be operating in the area. Separatists have been clashing with government forces since 2017 in a bid to create an independent nation in Cameroon 's two

An accidental explosion had killed a woman and four children in Ngarbuh village of the troubled Anglophone region of Northwest when the military attacked separatist camps, according to the Cameroonian army on Monday, Trend reports citing Xinhua. Army spokesperson Cyrille Atonfack Nguemo said in a statement that the government forces carried out an attack on "fortified camps" of armed separatists in the village on Friday and separatists retaliated with "heavy fire". "The fighting continued until the explosion of several fuel containers, followed by a violent fire that affected some

CRTV later reported that a fourth student had died from their injuries, adding that several people were being given hospital treatment.

"The defence and security forces are currently carrying out a sweep to search for the assailants," it added.

"Armed men arrived at the school. They opened fire and threw explosives into the classrooms," the head of a local civil society group told AFP.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but schools are among public buildings that armed pro-independence anglophones have targeted as symbols of the state.

The Southwest and neighbouring Northwest regions are home to English-speakers who comprise around a fifth of Cameroon's 22 million people.

Years-long grievances over perceived discrimination at the hands of the francophone majority flared into a declaration of independence on October 1, 2017.

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Four suspected separatists in Cameroon 's troubled anglophone region have been sentenced to death over the killing of seven schoolchildren, the defence ministry announced on Friday. The seven children, aged between nine and 12, were killed in October last year when armed men opened fire on their school in Kumba in the Southwest Region -- one of two western regions gripped by a long-running breakaway campaign. The four defendants were sentenced by a military tribunal in the regional capital of Buea for "acts of terrorism, hostility towards the motherland, insurrection and murder," the ministry

The Cameroon -based Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa said pupils aged 12, 16 and 17 and a French-language teacher were killed , and several others were wounded. The region, one of two where English-speaking separatists have been fighting to form a breakaway state since 2017, was rocked by a similar attack last year when gunmen opened fire in a school , killing seven children. Wednesday's attack comes just two months after hundreds of schools in the Anglophone South West and North West reopened years after they were forced shut by separatists.

Armed separatists launched attacks on the security forces, triggering a violent crackdown.

The spiral of bloodshed has claimed more than 3,500 lives and forced around 700,000 people to flee their homes, according to monitors.

NGOs say that killings of civilians and abuses have been committed by both sides.

- School attacks 'must end' -

The US embassy in Cameroon condemned the "horrific attack on innocent children & educators in Ekondo Titi."

"Attacks against schools are unconscionable & must end," the embassy tweeted. The British and Canadian embassies in Cameroon also condemned the attack and offered condolences to the victims.

"This attack is a new reminder of the terrible toll on students" from the crisis in the anglophone region, said Ilaria Allegrozzi, a researcher with Human Rights Watch (HRW).

"The authorities must open an independent, effective and impartial investigation into this attack and bring those responsible to book."

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The Cameroon -based Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa said pupils aged 12, 16 and 17 and a French-language teacher were killed , and several others were wounded. "Another senseless, outrageous murder of innocent children," the EU Ambassador to Cameroon , Philippe Van Damme Wednesday's attack comes just two months after hundreds of schools in the Anglophone South West and North West reopened years after they were forced shut by separatists. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The crisis stems from perceived marginalisation of the Anglophone community

Four suspected separatists in Cameroon 's troubled anglophone regions have been sentenced to death over the killing of seven schoolchildren, the defence ministry announced on Friday. Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrols in the Omar Bongo Square of Cameroon 's majority anglophone South West province capital Buea on October 3, 2018.

In October last year, around a dozen armed men riding motorbikes attacked a bilingual school in Kumba, also in the Southwest, killing seven children aged nine to 12.

A dozen other children were wounded, either by gunfire or machete.

In September, four suspected separatists alleged to have carried out the attack were sentenced by a military court to death by firing squad, after a trial condemned by HRW as a "sham."

Several death sentences have been issued in the past few years, although no execution has been carried out in Cameroon for more than two decades.

On October 14, anger flared in Buea, the capital of the Southwest Region, after a policeman killed a schoolgirl and was lynched by a mob.

In November 2019, the UN's children's agency UNICEF estimated that more than 850,000 youngsters were without schooling in the English-speaking regions, while 90 percent of state-run private schools and 77 percent of secondary schools were either closed or non-operational.

The presence of the anglophone regions is a legacy of the colonial era in western Africa.

The former German possession of Cameroon was partitioned after World War I between Britain and France.

In 1961, part of the British territory, the Southern Cameroons, joined French-speaking Cameroon after it gained independence from France.

The separatist's self-declared entity is called Ambazonia, from the Ambas Bay on the coastline. It is not recognised internationally.

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