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UN says 160,000 anglophone Cameroonians fled violence since 2016

By dayan (M)May 15, 2018, 11:35:33 PM
Some 160,000 people have fled their homes in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions because of violence between anglophone separatists and government forces, the United Nations said on Tuesday.


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A file photo taken on January 30, 2013 shows Cameroon president Paul Biya speaking to journalists following a meeting with his French counterpart at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Cameroon’s President Paul Biya on October 13, 2014 vowed his government would go after the Islamist group Boko Haram “until it’s totally wiped out”. He made the promise as he received 10 Chinese and 17 Cameroonians freed last week after spending months as hostages of armed men thought to belong to Boko Haram, an anti-Western rebel group in Nigeria which has been increasingly making incursions into Cameroon. AFP PHOTO

“The majority of the displaced have fled into the bush with little to survive on,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report.

“Others are hosted by local communities who are also grappling with adverse living conditions,” it added.

The figure marks the UN’s first detailed estimate of the number of people displaced since the crisis began to escalate in late 2016.

Previously the UN, encountering difficulties in accessing remote parts of the Northwest and Southwest regions, had said “tens of thousands” had left their homes.

In addition to the 160,000 internally displaced, the OCHA said 20,000 had sought refuge in neighbouring Nigeria. In contrast, Nigeria’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has put the number sheltering in Cross River state alone at 34,000.

Witness accounts given to AFP in Nigeria describe Cameroonians traversing the border on foot in mountainous and densely forested areas, making crossings difficult to track.

Violence in the Northwest Region and Southwest Regions occurs almost daily, pitching armed separatists against Cameroonian government forces.

– Kidnappings and killings –

On Tuesday, Yaounde admitted Cameroonian soldiers had “mistreated and tied up” an alleged English-speaking separatist leader during his arrest on Saturday.

The government forces “clearly strayed from the legal norms and techniques in such circumstances,” defence minister Joseph Beti Assomo told state radio after video of the arrest was widely shared on social media.

It is the first time the army has acknowledged abuses committed by security forces deployed in the anglophone regions since clashes erupted at the end of 2017.

“An investigation has been opened to identify (and) where appropriate, sanction the perpetrators of these acts, which are contrary to the respect for human rights,” said the minister.

The video shows gendarmes beating a man covered in mud, tying his hand behind his back and striking his feet with the flat side of a machete.

The insurgency began in 2016, when activists in the anglophone minority, comprising about a fifth of the country’s population of 22 million, stepped up a campaign for greater autonomy.

President Paul Biya rejected their demands, prompting radicals to make a full-blown but symbolic declaration of independence last October 1.

On Friday, a man was abducted by gunmen in Widikum in the northwest, sources said. Clashes also took place earlier in May in Bafut and Yo-Ke.

The separatists — whose death toll is unknown — are accused of kidnappings officials and other French-speaking Cameroonians, while the army is accused of abuses and burning houses.

According to the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, “at least 120” civilians and “at least 43” security forces have been killed since the end of 2016.

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Re: UN says 160,000 anglophone Cameroonians fled violence since 2016

By dayan (M)May 15, 2018, 11:41:03 PM
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The separatists — whose death toll is unknown — are accused of kidnappings officials and other French-speaking Cameroonians, while the army is accused of abuses and burning houses.

According to the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, “at least 120” civilians and “at least 43” security forces have been killed since the end of 2016
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The world is watching as a full blown civil war grows in Cameroon.
Western Cameroon is not the same as Biafra. In that region there is a unanimous agreement about what they want, unlike in Biafra.
And they directly are aboriginal to the border areas.
This won't end well for Cameroun.
France had better advise their clients in Yaounde to negotiate and cut their losses.
You can't rule a people against their wish.


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