A deadly attack at a school in southwestern Cameroon has made headlines worldwide and brought fresh attention to a protracted conflict between government forces and secessionists.
At least seven children were killed and several others hurt when attackers with guns and machetes stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy in Kumba, on October 24. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but the government blames Anglophone separatists who have sought a boycott on education in the region.
The assault horrified people across Cameroon, many of whom added the hashtag #EndAnglophoneCrisis to social media posts urging the government and Anglophone secessionists in the predominantly English-speaking Southwest and Northwest regions to find common ground. At least 3,000 people have been killed in violence by separatists and government forces since October 2017, when Anglophone secessionists self-declared the English-speaking state of Ambazonia in response to years of marginalisation by the Francophone majority.
We’ll trace the fault lines in Cameroon and see if there is any prospect of peace.
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