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Cameroon’s rebels may not achieve their goal of creating the Ambazonian...

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Cameroon’s separatist insurgency is an armed conflict in the country’s North West (NW) and South West (SW) regions that began in 2017. It pits...

Nigeria’s security problems deepen as Anglophone insurgency in Cameroon spills across...

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Over the past two decades, Nigeria has grappled with multiple and complex national security threats, each posing a significant challenge to its stability. The nation...

Northern Cameroon is losing the battle against arms trafficking

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Northern Cameroon has for decades been a hub for ammunition, small arms and light weapons trafficking in the Sahel. The problem has fuelled regional...

Ransom kidnappings challenge North Cameroon

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In just three years (2015–18), kidnappers in North Cameroon collected ransom money of around €3 million (CFAF 2 billion), according to Garoua police. This...

ISS: Time to resolve Cameroon’s persistent yet forgotten crisis

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Cameroon’s Anglophone conflict undermines national unity and is arguably the most damaging of the country's multiple crises. It sparked demands for secession and led...

ISS: Boko Haram brings IEDs back to Cameroon

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Boko Haram’s return to using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is a major worry for Cameroon’s Far North Region. Until recently, the region hadn’t recorded...

Cameroon sends troops to CAR and Nigeria borders to stop attacks

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Cameroon is deploying troops to its borders in response to a resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the country’s Far North region. In April, the...

ISS: Insecurity grows in Cameroon as reintegration efforts stall

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Former Boko Haram fighters and members who return to communities in Cameroon pose a significant security threat to civilians. The lack of effective reintegration...

ISS: Kidnapping for ransom on the rise in North Cameroon

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Since 2013, communities in Cameroon’s Far North Region have suffered attacks from the violent extremist group Boko Haram. The divisions of Mayo-Tsanaga, Mayo-Sava and...

African nations take part in Exercise Unitas in Brazil

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Cameroon and Namibia were the two African representatives in this year’s Unitas 2022 multinational naval exercise in Brazil. Between 10 and 22 September they joined...

ISS: Cameroon’s missed foreign policy potential in Africa

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In April, Cameroon renewed a military cooperation agreement with Russia as Moscow intensified its offensive in Ukraine. The timing certainly supports Russia’s claim that...

Cameroon and Russia sign defence agreement

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On 21 April, an agreement concluded nine days earlier in Moscow between the Cameroonian Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and his Russian counterpart Sergei...

Policeman arrested for killing 8-year-old girl in Cameroon

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A policeman has been arrested for killing an eight-year-old girl in the Cameroonian city of Bamenda on Friday, as he shot after a car...

Nigerian army says 24 Islamist insurgents killed

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Nigerian troops killed 24 suspected Islamist insurgents in two attacks in the northeast and recovered some weapons, the army said on Tuesday. Boko Haram and...

Mob kills Cameroon gendarme after he shoots dead 5-year-old girl

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A mob lynched a military police officer after he killed a five-year-old girl when he fired on a car at a checkpoint in the...

Gunfire disrupts Cameroon prime minister’s visit to separatist region

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Distant machine gun fire interrupted a speech by Cameroonian Prime Minister Dion Ngute on Tuesday during a visit to the capital of the restive...

ISS: Cameroon’s community violence adds to Lake Chad Basin security woes

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These clashes must be prevented from taking on a regional dimension, as happened with terrorism and organised crime. The Lake Chad Basin region is plagued...

Cameroon separatists kill 15 soldiers in attacks using explosives

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Separatist rebels have killed 15 Cameroonian soldiers and several civilians in two bomb attacks this month, the government said on Monday, marking a new...

Cameroon sentences four men to death for shooting attack on school

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A court in Cameroon has sentenced four people to death for their roles in a shooting attack on a school last year that killed...

ISS: Cameroon alone can’t stop illicit arms flooding into the country

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In the face of a separatist conflict and violent extremism, Cameroon must secure help from neighbouring Nigeria and Chad. The proliferation of illegal arms in...

Cameroon ethnic clashes kill at least 32 as villages are torched...

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Clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon have killed at least 32 people this month, with 19 villages torched, the UN refugee agency...

Cameroon ethnic clashes kill at least 32 as villages are torched...

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Clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon have killed at least 32 people this month, with 19 villages torched, the UN refugee agency...

Around 11 000 Cameroonians flee to Chad after violence

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Around 11 000 people fleeing clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon arrived in neighbouring Chad at the weekend, a provincial governor in...

Fisher-herder conflict in northern Cameroon kills at least 12

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Clashes between herders and fishers in northern Cameroon have killed at least 12 people this week in the area's worst ethnic violence in recent...

Six killed in attack on Cameroon military post

Unidentified attackers killed five Cameroonian soldiers and a civilian during a raid on a military outpost in the country’s far north, local authorities said...

At least six Cameroonian soldiers killed in raid by Islamist insurgents

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At least six Cameroonian soldiers were killed and four wounded during an attack by Islamist insurgents on an army outpost in the far north...

ISS: ISWAP takes aim at the state in Cameroon

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The government must act fast to block Islamic State’s advances into the Far North region since Shekau’s death. Since the Boko Haram crisis went regional...

Transgender woman in Cameroon describes ‘hell’ of five months in prison

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The five months that two transgender women in Cameroon spent in prison were "hell", one of them told Reuters on Friday after they were...

ISS: Nigeria and Cameroon must confront timber trafficking together

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Stopping the billion-dollar illegal trade will require both countries taking existing and new law enforcement efforts more seriously. Cameroon loses about 33 billion CFA francs...

Cameroon police tear gas residents fighting eviction near Douala airport

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Police in Cameroon fired tear gas on Saturday morning as they clashed with residents fighting eviction from a neighbourhood adjacent to Newton Airport in...

United States imposes visa restrictions over Cameroon separatist crisis

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The United States stepped up pressure for a peaceful resolution to Cameroon's conflict between state forces and English-speaking rebels on Monday, imposing visa restrictions...

Cameroon Gendarmerie receives military equipment from France for counter-terrorism fight

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Cameroon’s National Gendarmerie, one of the components of the country’s national defence and security forces, has received equipment from France in what authorities says...

The Past Week in Defence #54 (17 May – 23 May...

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In this week’s edition, Cameroon takes delivery of military hardware for its Central African Republic peacekeeping mission and Kruger poaching numbers rise as lockdown...

Cameroon takes delivery of military hardware for CAR peacekeeping mission

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Cameroon has received the first of two consignments of military equipment including armoured personnel carriers, 4x4s, trailers, and personal protective equipment for its troops...

Cameroonian transgender women convicted of ‘attempted homosexuality’

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A court in Cameroon sentenced two transgender women on Tuesday to five years in prison for “attempted homosexuality” and other offences after they were...

Cameroonian LGBT activist champions imprisoned transgender women

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Coming from Cameroon where letting it be known that she was a lesbian could lead to prison time, activist and social media influencer Bandy...

ISS: Security crisis in Lake Chad Basin erodes women’s livelihoods

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Traders in Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon aren’t asking for water but protection and access to credit. The Boko Haram crisis in the Lake Chad...

LGBT persecution on the rise in Cameroon, Human Rights Watch says

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Cameroon security forces have arrested, threatened or assaulted at least 24 people since February in a ramped-up crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...

Transgender women facing homosexuality charges in Cameroon denied bail

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Two transgender women facing charges of “attempted homosexuality” in Cameroon were denied bail on Wednesday after a judge adjourned their case and sent them...

ISS: No more half measures in Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

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Recent military victories are no reason for complacency in the absence of a broad-based, inclusive political settlement. From 16 January to 7 February, Cameroon hosted...

Cameroon detains eight soldiers after torture video emerges

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Cameroon has detained eight soldiers after a video emerged over the weekend showing them in uniform torturing a victim with a machete until he...

UN calls for probe into Cameroon army attack on civilians

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The United Nations on Thursday called for an investigation after Reuters reported that Cameroonian soldiers opened fire on fleeing civilians during a weekend raid,...

Cameroon army killed civilians in village raid, witnesses and lawyer say

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Cameroonian soldiers opened fire on villagers during a weekend raid in the country’s southwest, killing up to nine people, including civilians, and injuring others,...

At least 13 dead as suicide bomber, gunmen attack town in...

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At least 13 people including children died when a suicide bomber blew herself in a crowd that was fleeing an armed attack in northern...

One killed, others wounded as Cameroon holds first ever regional election

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Scattered violence marred Cameroon’s first ever election to appoint regional councils on Sunday, with one voter killed by separatist insurgents in the English-speaking Northwest...

Cameroon buries seven children killed in school shooting

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The plaque on Nzakame Rhema’s coffin marks the “sunset” of her short life - 24 October 2020, the day gunmen burst into her school...

Eleven kidnapped teachers freed in Cameroon

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Eleven kidnapped teachers have been freed in western Cameroon, where separatist insurgents are battling government forces, the church that runs the schools said on...

Eleven Cameroonian teachers kidnapped in region ravaged by insurgency

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Unidentified men kidnapped 11 teachers on Tuesday from two schools in western Cameroon, where separatist insurgents are battling government forces, the church that runs...

Gunmen storm school in Cameroon, killing at least six children

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Gunmen stormed a school in Cameroon on Saturday and opened fire indiscriminately, killing at least six children and wounding about eight more in a...

Cameroon opposition say one killed in protest against veteran ruler

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One protester was killed in Cameroon as police and gendarmes put down protests against the veteran President Paul Biya, the country’s main opposition party...