Cameroon

  1. Teachers and students abducted from Cameroon school

    The Newsroom

    BBC World Service

    An empty classroom in a now abandoned school on May 12, 2019 in SW Cameroon.
    Image caption: Many schools have been forced to shut because of the conflict in Cameroon's mainly English-speaking regions

    Gunmen have attacked a school in north-west Cameroon, abducting five teachers and several students.

    Eyewitnesses told the BBC that one student was wounded in the head during Wednesday's attack on the high school in a village in Menchum Division.

    Some students say the attackers told them never to set foot in the school again.

    A local official said the army had been deployed to find the abducted students and teachers.

    Separatist fighters have tried to force schools to close in the country's two English-speaking regions.

    The UN says more than 800,000 children are out of school due to the separatist conflict.

    Read more: Playing football in the shadow of Cameroon's rebellion

  2. Cameroon pushes workers to attend Afcon matches

    Guy Bandolo

    BBC News

    Limbe, on Cameroon's Atlantic coast, is the only Anglophone city to be hosting Nations Cup matches
    Image caption: Limbe is the only Anglophone city to be hosting the Afcon matches

    Council workers in Buea in south-west Cameroon are being compelled to attend the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations football games.

    This is in line with instructions by the regional governor, according to the town’s mayor, with attendance being mandatory for all.

    The decision came after many games were played in the town of Limbe with few fans attending in the stadium.

    Buea is hosting the teams that are playing in Limbe.

    Many Buea residents fear clashes between separatist fighters and the army. The separatists who started fighting the government almost five years ago had threatened to disrupt the tournament but the government has assured of security.

    Many other cities have provided buses and cars for football fans as to increase the number in the stadiums.

    The Cameroonian government on Saturday reduced the daily hours of work for public workers.

    Employees of government agencies and state corporations started closing their work day at 14:00 local time from Monday while classes and lectures were ending at 13:00.

  3. Naomi Achu - Queen of Bamenda

    DJ Edu

    Presenter of This Is Africa on BBC World Service

    Naomi Achu

    Singer, songwriter and rapper Naomi Achu is from the troubled English-speaking part of Cameroon: Bamenda to be precise.

    But as a diplomat’s daughter she has spent time in many different countries, including the UK. It has given her an international perspective - which means she doesn’t identify with the us-versus-them mentality that is dividing her Anglophone and Francophone countrymen:

    Quote Message: I enjoyed growing up in Cameroon, all I’ve known is the bilingual life.
    Quote Message: There’s a lot of people in Africa that are not able to see the outside world, [and] there’s a lot of people in the world that are not able to see the outside world. So just being able to be in a classroom with people from India, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, America, Greece - that was so amazing and I do believe it had a huge impact on the way I see life."

    In her song All Around the World, Naomi describes herself as La Reina International, and lists activities including import-export in China and sipping margaritas in Columbia.

    Her sound is sophisticated – you could say international – but it is strongly African too.

    One of my favourites is her song Busy Body, which was inspired by her mother and countless other tireless African women who seem never to sleep. It has a strong resemblance at times to Fela Kuti’s African Woman.

    Naomi sees herself as a storyteller and prides herself on telling stories that are not often told in music. Her most recent hit for example, Bill Collector, sees her assuming the persona of an extravagant spender living for today and wracking up debt on credit cards which will be sorted tomorrow.

    “I know it’s a thing in Africa where we want to show we are the richest person on the block, we want to show that we’re the most successful, so I just wanted to put that out there - ‘cause Bill Collector you don’t hear songs like that a lot.”

    Naomi is living in the US at the moment, but will be cheering on her team at the Africa Cup of Nations:

    Quote Message: You know, Cameroon, we have a great history when it comes to football and I’m just praying they make us proud. We can’t afford to continue with the civil war and everything that’s been going on, so [Afcon] definitely brings the country together in a positive way.”

    So what about music, and artists - do they have a role to play in healing Cameroon?

    Quote Message: I think collaborations are helpful. An Anglophone artist who decides to do a collaboration with a French-speaking artist is definitely making a good move, because that’s all about unity."
    Quote Message: I look forward to doing it myself. I have somebody in mind actually but I can’t share – you know you never share until the 't' is crossed and the 'i' is dotted! But look out for some collaborations this year…

    You can hear DJ Edu’s conversation with Naomi Achu on This is Africa this Saturday, on BBC World Service radio and partner stations across Africa, as well as online here: BBCworldservice.com/thisisafrica

  4. Suspected separatists' gunfire kills one in Cameroon

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    A man walks past the entrance of the bilingual school in Buea, capital of south west Cameroon,
    Image caption: Separatists have been fighting the government in English-speaking regions for almost five years

    Residents of Buea in south-west Cameroon say one man was shot dead and another is in hospital with bullet wounds after suspected separatist rebels opened fire near the town's central market.

    Several football teams taking part in the Africa Cup Of Nations are based in Buea and train there.

    Correspondents say the Cameroonian military has a significant presence in the town to counter any security threat.

    The separatists who started fighting the government almost five years ago had threatened to disrupt the tournament.

    Late on Tuesday, an opposition senator was shot dead in the city of Bamenda, in north-west Cameroon - another English-speaking region which is badly affected by the separatist rebellion.

  5. Prominent senator gunned down in Cameroon

    A prominent opposition lawmaker and barrister in Cameroon from the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) has been gunned in Bamenda city in the north-west.

    Gunmen forced Senator Henry Kemende to get out of his car and then shot him in the chest, party communication secretary Denis Nkelemo told to BBC.

    The motive for the killing is unclear, Mr Nkelemo added.

    Bamenda is the main city English-speaking city in Cameroon, and at the centre of a political crisis that has led to armed conflict between separatists and the military.

    According to the International Crisis Group, the fighting has killed more than 6,000 people and displaced about one million since 2017.

    The separatists are opposed to what they see as domination by French-speaking Cameroonians.

    Cameroon is currently hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, with the government assuring teams and spectators that they will be safe.

    Mr Kemende's killing has been condemned by a rights group on Twitter:

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  6. Algerian journalists stabbed in Cameroon

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    A map of Cameroon showing Douala and the capital, Yaoundé.

    Three Algerian journalists have been stabbed and robbed of their belongings near their hotel in the Cameroonian city of Douala.

    The Algerian Football Association said Ismail Amokrane, Mehdi Dahak and Mohamed Aissani were covering the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) when they were attacked by a mob who took their phones and passports.

    The victims sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. The local authorities are said to have opened an investigation into the incident but have not made a statement yet.

    It is bad news for the Afcon organisers, who have strived to assuage security fears ahead of the tournament.

    Algeria star Ismail Bennacer has posted a message of support to the journalists on his Twitter account, saying "our hearts are with you".

    Algeria will kickstart efforts tomorrow to defend their title of African champions when they meet Sierra Leone in Group E.

  7. Rebels pose no threat to Nations Cup - Cameroon

    James Copnall

    BBC Newsday, Limbe

    A stadium in Limbé, Cameroon
    Image caption: Limbe, on Cameroon's Atlantic coast, is the only Anglophone city to be hosting Nations Cup matches

    A senior official involved in Cameroon's hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations has assured the BBC that separatist rebels pose no threat to the tournament, which begins on Sunday.

    Engamba Emmanuel Ledoux admitted that last week groups fighting for the independence of Anglophone Cameroon set off an explosion in the town of Limbe, which will host some of the games.

    But he said the government had introduced security measures to stop the rebels from attacking the event or the nearby town of Buer, where some of the players are expected to stay.

    "The threats have been going on. This is not the first time. You know, we organised the Chan [African Nations Championship] last year within the same environment," he said.

  8. Anger at Cameroon star's North Africa comments

    Ahmed Rouaba

    BBC News

    Roger Milla
    Image caption: Roger Milla helped Cameroon reach the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990

    Former Cameroon football star Roger Milla has angered football fans in North Africa after he accused the Maghreb countries of "always causing troubles" in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

    Mr Milla suggested those countries should not compete in the African continent, in an interview with France's TV5 Monde.

    "If you are not Africans then you should go and play in Europe, Asia or elsewhere," he said.

    The former Indomitable Lion lashed out at the North African countries saying "we accepted them to play in the African continent".

    There had been concerns about Cameroon's readiness to host the games, given they were due to stage the 2019 tournament but it had had to be moved to Egypt.

    Egypt and Morocco have called for Afcon to be postponed.

    Internet users in North Africa were shocked by the comments which some found "unnecessary" and "meaningless".

    Egypt co-founded the African Football Confederation 1957 together with Sudan and Ethiopia.

    Read more: Algeria and a question of identity: Who counts as African?

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    Video caption: Cameroon is set to host the much-delayed competition - but what shape is the country in?

    As Cameroon prepares to host the much-delayed Africa Cup of Nations competition, what shape is the country in?

  10. More than 30,000 flee clashes in northern Cameroon

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Map of Cameroon

    More than 30,000 people have fled from northern Cameroon to neighbouring Chad this week following ethnic clashes that left at least 22 people dead, the UN says.

    The violence broke out at the weekend in the border town of Ouloumsa during a dispute between herders, fishermen and farmers over dwindling water resources.

    It then spread to neighbouring villages - 10 of which have been burnt to the ground.

    The UN refugee agency says three-quarters of those who fled to Chad were women - many of them pregnant - and children.

    Last August, similar clashes in northern Cameroon left 40 people dead and led to thousands fleeing over the border.

  11. Cameroonians accuse military of torching homes

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    People in the city of Bamenda in north-west Cameroon have accused the military of setting fire to homes and businesses.

    The area is at the centre of a five-year-old separatist rebellion which has displaced hundreds of thousands and forced most schools in the country's Anglophone regions to shut down.

    Residents say soldiers torched the properties in Bamenda on Wednesday in response to a rebel ambush.

    The Cameroonian authorities have not commented.

    Unverified footage has been shared online, including by Kah Walla of the Cameroon People's Party:

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    More about the secessionist crisis:

  12. At least 12 killed in Cameroon herder-farmer clashes

    Guy Bandolo

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Map of Cameroon

    At least a dozen people were killed and scores wounded in the second day of inter-communal clashes in Kousseri, in the far northern region of Cameroon.

    The Wednesday clashes were between Arab Choas herders and Mosgoum farmers.

    Some of the Mosgoum farmers attacked Kousseri town and set on fire the market and some houses belonging to Choas businessmen.

    Six villages were reportedly burnt on Wednesday alone.

    The new round of clashes began on Sunday after a land dispute between the two communities over scarcity of water, which has been worsened by climate change.

    Local governor Midjiyawi Bakari has called on both communities to stop fighting but it hasn't stopped. He has since planned a security meeting for Thursday.

    There have been inter-communal clashes in northern Cameroon in the past.