Cameroon’s war makes victims among children

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16 February 2021

Cameroon’s war has been one of the worst examples of children's rights abuse so far

According to the UN projections on mortality rates in Cameroon, the current infant mortality rate for Cameroon in 2021 is 56.872 deaths per 1000 live births. Many of these deaths are caused by the devastating  presence of Ambazonian separatists, which are unscrupulous armed groups opposing the ruling government. Emeline Fonyuy, former journalism graduate at the University of Buea, states that the atrocities began in October 2020, when armed men raided a school in Kumba in the Southwest region and killed seven children and injured 13 others. The Kumba killing has since then become just one in a series of unspeakable assaults. In November, gunmen attacked Kulu Memorial College in the Southwest, and to punish the teachers and students for attending school, stripped them naked and beat them. Following this,  a recent CNN article reported the killing of at least 14 children in a barbaric attack registered in Ntumbo, a village in northwestern Cameroon.   

The Cameroonian Civil War, also known as the Ambazonia War, erupted in the Southern region of Cameroon, linked to the long-standing Anglophone issue. As a consequence of the repression of 2016–17 Cameroonian protests, Ambazonian separatists in the Anglophone territories of Northwest Region and Southwest Region initiated a guerilla campaign against Cameroonian security forces and later unilaterally announced the restoration of independence. By the end of November 2017, the government of Cameroon declared war on the separatists and sent its army into the Anglophone regions. The conflict continues to be characterized by the continual abuse on human and children rights. 


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Author: Benedetta Spizzichino; Editor: Eleonora Gonnelli

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