Cameroon

NORTHWEST: Two teachers reportedly abducted by separatists
24 September 2021: In Tubah town and commune, Mezam division, Northwest region, separatist fighters abducted two staff members of the University of Bamenda. At least three more have been abducted within a month. Source: Mimi Mefo Return to Cameroon Country page more
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Aid in Danger

Humanitarian access in Cameroon is challenging. International humanitarian organisations in the Anglophone regions are increasingly affected by ongoing conflict. Insecurity has impeded access for aid workers working in the area, who are often subject to misinformation by people linked to the separatist movement. Aid programmes are disrupted or temporarily suspended due to insecurity.

In the Northwest and Southwest regions, aid workers have been kidnapped, sometimes in groups. There have been cases of kidnapped aid workers being killed in captivity. Aid convoys are also ambushed by armed groups. Data

Health Care

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report
The SHCC identified 17 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Cameroon in 2020, compared to eight such incidents in 2019. These incidents affected health facilities and health workers, forcing health facilities to close, and depriving communities in need of vital health services.

2020 saw an increase in violence affecting health care compared to the last two years. In the Far North region, Boko Haram have set health facilities on fire and looted medicine, possibly to treat sick fighters and families. Security analysts reported in late 2020 chaos in the Boko Haram camp following the cholera deaths of over 200 fighters and their families.

In the Northwest region, suspected Ambazonian separatists set alight supplies intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Data

Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.

Education

In 2020, violence affecting education has increased, particularly in the Northwest and Southwest but also in in the Far North, Southwest, Centre and West regions.

Due to insecurity schools have been forced to close forcing schools to close and Cameroon Armed Forces deployed to protect teachers and students. In the Anglophone regions teachers have been forced to leave their job and seek safety elsewhere.

Both students and educators are targeted during attacks and schools stormed by armed groups.

Perpetrators include Ambazonian Separatist fighters in the Northwest and Southwest regions, Boko Haram, active in the Far North region, as well as other armed groups or bandits.

Teachers are kidnapped, killed and physically assaulted on their way to work or inside schools. Teachers are also arrested by state forces over accusation of links with separatists or in their involvement in the Anglophone crisis.

Students are shot, killed and injured in schools, on the way to school or in hostels close to universities. Data

IDPs and Refugees

Increasing insecurity and violence particularly in the Northwest, Southwest and Far North region has led to an increase in displaced persons. IDP camps in the Far North have been attacked by Boko Haram fighters who injured and killed residents and looted goods. Data

Social Media Monitoring

Insecurity Insight monitors and examines social media to identify when it is used to spread false information and incite violence against aid providers. In Cameroon international aid programmes in the conflict areas are subject to misinformation by people with links to the separatist movement and have come under attack as a result.