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Cameroon Cry for help as Military burn down Villages killing civilians including Women & Children

Cameroonians are crying for help. The military has been accused of burning villages and killing unarmed civilians including women and children in the country’s minority English-speaking regions.

Twenty villages were set ablaze and at least four women burned alive, according to a Human Rights Watch report who filmed the situation secretly. The situation has been growing from worst to worst since 2016.

Just a few days ago the military was filmed killing women and children. Over 20 villages have been burnt to the ground the past few months. It doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon, neither does it stop Paul Biya running for election later this year.

The heartbreaking news is a part of an escalating conflict that began in late 2016 when an attempt to use English in classrooms and courts was violently repressed by the French-speaking government and has since escalated.


The report also documented the burning of schools by armed separatists, in an apparent attempt to enforce their school boycott. Tens of thousands of Cameroonian children have not been able to attend school for the past two years.

The separatists’ numbers have increased as the violent repression continues, particularly since security forces killed dozens of protesters and wounded more than 100 others in October.

With hundreds in jail and more than 180,000 displaced, many anglophones feel they have no choice but to fight.

According to The Guardian, In response to the HRW report, Cameroon’s government said the level of force it used remained “proportional to the extent of the threat”.

The report’s author, Jonathan Pedneault, said the government needed to “recognise the fact that its soldiers have committed severe abuses. It needs to order a stop to the abuses and ensure accountability for crimes”.

Cameroon president: Paul Biya

Paul Biya, 85, who has ruled the country since 1982, refuse to address the situation, he announced via Twitter about his interest to run again for office this year.

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