Cameroon

  1. Samuel Eto'o 'could make football comeback'

    Samuel Eto'o looks prior the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between England and Cameroon.

    Several newspapers are reporting that 39-year-old Cameroonian football star Samuel Eto'o could make an unexpected comeback to play for a third-division club in Spain.

    Unconfirmed reports suggest the retired Chelsea and Barcelona striker could sign to lesser-known Racing Murcia.

    "Right now I would say our chances of signing Samuel Eto'o are 50-50," the club's president reportedly told Spanish-language news site Marca.

    Just a week ago, Eto'o escaped unhurt from a car crash that happened between the cities of Douala and Bafoussam in Cameroon.

  2. Two million Cameroon children 'have no birth certificate'

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    More than two million children in Cameroon do not have a birth certificate, Public Health Minister Manaouda Malachie has said.

    This could affect their access to basic government services, such as health and education, in the future.

    The authorities have blamed the situation on a raft of factors including the conflict in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, the attacks by Boko Haram militants in the north, illiteracy and corruption.

    Parliament began meeting on Monday to find solutions.

    Mr Malachie said the future of these children could be compromised.

    The UN’s children’s organisation, Unicef, has highlighted how more than 40,000 children in the country’s Far North region were unable to sit their school leaving exam last year because of a lack of a birth certificate.

    The government has promised to try and ease the procedures for getting a birth certificate.

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  3. Football legend Samuel Eto'o survives car crash

    Former Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o

    Four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto'o survived a road accident on Sunday while heading to Cameroon's commercial hub Douala, according to family members.

    He was returning from Bafoussam town, in western Cameroon, where he had attended a festival over the weekend.

    A driver is said to have lost control of his car and hit two cars in Eto'o's convoy.

    The former Barcelona forward is in hospital, according to family members.

    His spokesperson told BBC News Pidgin that Eto'o was doing fine and that his car got damaged.

    He refused to answer any other questions.

  4. Cameroon Archbishop 'kidnapped' in restive region

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Cameroon’s Christian Cardinal Tumi

    Cameroon's top religious leader, Archbishop Christian Tumi, has spent his first night in a camp run by separatists who kidnapped him on Thursday in the restive North-West province.

    The Archbishop, 90, was abducted alongside a traditional ruler of the Nso people. The two were heading to the regional capital of Kumbo, when they were abducted.

    The Bishop of Kumbo, George Nkuo, told the BBC that the Cardinal and the traditional ruler, Sehm Mbinglo, together with their entourage were abducted at Babessi area, in Ngoketungia division.

    Archbishop Tumi was escorting the traditional ruler, whose title is Fon, back to Kumbo after he had fled there months ago following the killing of his two sons by suspected separatists.

    Bishop Nkuo said a big group of local residents was heading to the separatists' camp on Friday morning where they suspect the Archbishop and the traditional ruler were being held.

    Anglophone separatists have been demanding an independent state, saying they do not want to be part of French-speaking Cameroon, triggering a conflict that has claimed many lives.

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  5. Hostage-takers free Cameroon teachers after protests

    Eleven school teachers have been freed in Cameroon after Presbyterian pastors and their followers staged daily protests at the camp where they were held captive by a separatist group, Rt Rev Fonki Samuel Foba has told the BBC.

    The teachers were abducted on 3 November from the Presbyterian Primary and Secondary School in Kumbo city in the mainly English-speaking North-West.

    The cleric said no ransom was paid for the release of the teachers.

    Anglophone separatists have been demanding an independent state, saying they do not want to be part of French-speaking Cameroon, triggering a conflict that has claimed many lives.

    See earlier post: Killed schoolchildren buried

  6. Thousands attend Cameroon burial of killed children

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Funeral of children
    Image caption: Gunmen shot dead children aged between seven and 12 at their school

    Thousands of people turned out to bury seven schoolchildren who were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Cameroon's south-western city of Kumba last month.

    Parents of the children told the BBC that their loss was deep, and no amount of punishment meted out to the killers - if they are caught - will assuage their pain.

    Amongst the mourners was Cameroon’s Prime Minister Joesph Dion Ngute. He promised that the killers would not go unpunished.

    He said the government had borne both the hospital and burial costs.

    Funeral
    Image caption: The shooting has left the community devastated

    Gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca School on 24 October, killing the seven children.

    The burial of the children is a grim reminder of the recent violence that has been witnessed in schools in Cameroon’s mainly English-speaking regions, where four attacks have been recorded in the past 11 days.

    Armed separatists want the regions to secede from mainly French-speaking Cameroon.

    Sand covers a puddle of blood at an empty clasroom following a shooting at a school in Kumba, Cameroon October 25, 2020
    Image caption: Gunmen entered a classroom to kill the children
  7. Funeral of killed Cameroon schoolchildren under way

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A funeral is taking place in southwest Cameroon for seven schoolchildren who were killed by gunmen last month.

    The local authorities blamed the attack in Kumba on Anglophone separatists, although they've denied any involvement.

    The Cameroonian Prime Minister, Joseph Ngute, is attending the funeral of the students who were between the ages of 12 and 14.

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    Some schools have recently re-opened after being forced to close for more than three years due to the separatist rebellion.

    Their re-opening has coincided with several attacks.

    On Tuesday eleven teachers were kidnapped from a school in north-west Cameroon.

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  8. Teachers and pupils 'molested' in Cameroon attack

    Ngala Killian Chimtom

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Schoolchildren, their parents and teachers hold a protest after gunmen opened fire at a school, killing at least six children as authorities claim, in Kumba, Cameroon October 25, 2020.
    Image caption: There has been a spate of attacks on schools in Cameroon's mainly English-speaking regions

    Gunmen have attacked a school in the coastal city of Limbe in south-west Cameroon.

    A senior official at the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attackers forced students and teachers to undress before beating them up and molesting some of them.

    They then set parts of the school building on fire.

    The attackers, numbering about 20, stormed the school at about 8:00 local time on Wednesday.

    Eyewitnesses said the security force's Rapid Intervention Battalion arrived at the scene after the attackers had fled.

    Schools in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions have come under attack recently by unidentified gunmen. The government accuses separatist fighters of carrying out the attacks.

    The latest attack comes barely 24 hours after gunmen kidnapped 11 teachers in a Presbyterian school in Kumbo city in the north-west.

    The burial of the seven students killed in a secondary school in Kumba city in the south-west on 24 October is due to be held on Thursday.

  9. Eleven teachers kidnapped in Cameroon

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Cameroon

    Eleven teachers have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Kumbo in Cameroon’s restive North-West region.

    The teachers were kidnapped on Tuesday in front of their students, according to Rev Fonki Samuel Foba who supervises Presbyterian schools in the country, including this one in Kumbo.

    He said the attackers initially took 12 teachers but that one of the teachers escaped along the way.

    The identity of the gunmen remains unclear, but local government authorities are blaming English-speaking separatists for the kidnapping.

    The incident comes a little more than a week after seven children were killed in an attack on a private school in Kumba in the South-West region.

    Both the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon have been in the grips of a separatist conflict for the past four years.

    Schools in those regions have been closed during much of the crisis due to safety concerns.

  10. Snack bar explosion injures four in Cameroon

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    A map of Cameroon showing the location of Yaoundé

    Four people have been injured in Cameroon's capital after an explosion at a snack bar on Sunday.

    Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack in the Nsam neighbourhood of Yaoundé, which police say was carried out with a homemade bomb at about 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

    Witnesses tell the BBC they saw a man enter, buy a drink and sit alone before walking away, leaving his drink and a bag behind.

    Christine, who was in the bar, told the BBC she only remembers something exploding in the bag, before the force of it threw her against the wall.

    Police say two of the four people who were wounded have serious injuries. All are receiving treatment at a clinic in the area.

    In August, a similar explosive device went off in Yaoundé's crowded Mokolo market, injuring a number of people. Two months earlier, the country’s capital recorded three explosions in different localities.

    Two people had been arrested in connection with those previous explosions, no arrests have been made in relation to Sunday's incident.

  11. Cameroon governor accuses women of hiding school shooters

    The governor of Cameroon's South West region Bernard Okalia has been filmed accusing women of refusing to reveal the identities of attackers who killed seven students at a school in the city of Kumba on Saturday.

    Women had marched to Governor Okalia's office to call for an end to the Anglophone crisis, according to journalist Mimi Mefo.

    He then addressing the crowd.

    "When I have asked you before, 'who are the killers?' You said you don't know," he said.

    "Who are the killers?" he asked, and the crowd answered in unison "We don't know".

    He then responded: "The killers are your brothers, the killers are your children, the killers are people living amongst you and you do not want to denounce them."

    A video of the incident was posted on Twitter by Mimi Mefo:

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    Gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca School in the restive area of Kumba around midday on Saturday.

    The government and English-speaking separatists have been blaming each other for the attack.

  12. Day of mourning for Cameroon's school shooting victims

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Schoolchildren, their parents and teachers hold a protest in Kumba, Cameroon October 25, 2020.
    Image caption: Demonstrations have been held to protest against the killings

    Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya, has declared Saturday a day of national mourning for seven students brutally murdered in Kumba, in the restive south-west region.

    The children were killed last Saturday at the Mother Francisca International Academy by gunmen who stormed the school.

    The government and separatists have been blaming each other for the attack.

    On Saturday flags will fly at half mast across the country.

    In a decree, President Biya instructed the security services to take appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    Parts of Cameroon have been gripped by unrest since Anglophone groups stepped up their push for independence in 2016.

    Anglophone activists say the country's French-speaking majority is marginalising the English-speaking minority.

  13. Cameroonians among claimants against US immigration service

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    Video caption: African refugees claim mistreatment at the hands of US immigration officers

    African refugees claim mistreatment at the hands of US immigration officers

  14. Cameroon's Biya condemns school mass shooting

    Sand covers blood in a classroom following a shooting in Kumba
    Image caption: Officials blamed Anglophone secessionists for the attack

    Cameroon's President Paul Biya has condemned the killing of seven children in a mass shooting at a private school in a the Anglophone region.

    The president termed Saturday's shooting as a "barbaric and cowardly crime against innocent children".

    He said he had instructed security agencies to "ensure that the perpetrators of these despicable acts are apprehended by our defence and security forces and brought to justice".

    The president tweeted his condolences to the bereaved families:

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    The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, urged the authorities to investigate the attack and ensure those responsible are held accountable.

    "He calls on all armed actors to refrain from attacks against civilians and to respect international humanitarian and international human rights law," read a statement from his office.

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  15. Protesters march in Yaoundé against Saturday's school shooting

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Women protesting on Yaounde on 26 October 2020

    Women in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé today took to the streets to protest the killing of children in the on-going war in Cameroon's Anglophone regions.

    The protest comes in the wake of a mass shooting in a private school in Kumba, in the troubled South West Region on Saturday, which left seven children dead and 12 wounded.

    Gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca School around midday on Saturday after arriving on motorcycles. Some children were injured when they jumped from second floor in an attempt to escape the attack.

    The government and separatists have been blaming each other for the attack.

    Parts of Cameroon have been gripped by unrest since Anglophone groups stepped up their push for independence in 2016.

    Some schools in Cameroon's Anglophone regions have recently reopened following a four-year shutdown due to threats from separatists fighting for an independent state of Ambazonia.

    Anglophone activists say the country's French-speaking majority is marginalising the English-speaking minority.

    Read more: Cameroon: Children killed in attack on school in Kumba