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Fear grips Cameroon’s anglophone regions ahead of voting day

Buea, Cameroon | AFP |  Long-delayed elections are due to take place in Cameroon on Sunday, but in the country’s violence-torn English-speaking areas, the fear is almost palpable. “Everyone is holed up at home,” a civil servant said in Buea, capital of the Southwest Region, one of two provinces gripped by …

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Cameroon: Key dates since Independence

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP |   Cameroon became independent in 1960, the first of 17 African countries to break free from their European colonial masters that year. Here are key dates in the country since then. – 1960: independence –  Cameroon was a German protectorate and was split between Britain and …

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Little party mood in Cameroon as 60th anniversary looms

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP |  Next year will see a wave of celebrations in Africa among 17 countries that gained their independence in 1960. But in Cameroon, the first country in the jubilee line, the mood among many people is sour. The highly diverse central-western state was traditionally viewed as one …

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Cameroon main opposition leader Maurice Kamto released

  Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Cameroon’s main opposition leader Maurice Kamto walked free from jail Saturday after a military court ordered his release at the behest of veteran President Paul Biya. Kamto was greeted by hundreds of supporters as he was driven away surrounded by a dozen-strong escort of …

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Cameroon opens dialogue to end anglophone separatist crisis

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Cameroon launched a national dialogue on Monday in a bid to end a separatist conflict in the country’s anglophone provinces, though key rebel leaders have already refused to participate. Nearly 3,000 people have died and half a million fled their homes since fighting broke out in …

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Schools at stake in Cameroon’s separatist crisis

Buea, Cameroon | AFP |  A solitary teacher has just two pupils in his class in west Cameroon, where thousands of schools have closed down altogether because of kidnappings and threats by radical separatists. Since a crisis erupted in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon late in 2016, schools have …

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