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Cameroon Faces Three Boko Haram Attacks In 24 Hours

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Suspected Boko Haram militants launched three attacks in northern Cameroon within 24 hours, including a thwarted suicide strike on a camp for people who have been displaced by the conflict, security sources said on Tuesday.

The Islamist militant group is based in northeastern Nigeria but regularly carries out raids in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, prompting the four countries plus Benin to create a 10,000-strong joint task force.

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The frequency of the attacks has dropped in recent months, although more than 1,500 people have been killed in Cameroon by such attacks, International Crisis Group said in a report this month. Attacks were happening on an almost daily basis, but have dropped to between six and eight a month, it said.

Only one of this week’s strikes, at a military camp at Darak where six soldiers were killed, resulted in the deaths of people other than the attackers themselves, the sources said.

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“Between yesterday and today there were three attacks: in Darak, in Diguina and a thwarted kamikaze strike in the Kolofata (camp),” said a senior army source who asked not to be named, referring to three places in the Far North Region of Cameroon.

On Monday, a young women armed with explosives attempted to enter a military post for soldiers adjacent to a camp for thousands of people displaced by the militant group.

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“We thought it was a beggar at first but then she sped up and refused to stop when we shouted at her so she was neutralised,” said an intelligence source.

In the third incident, militants set fire to houses in the village of Diguina, the sources said.

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Cameroon Hopes Of Qualifying For World Cup Over After 4-0 Defeat To Nigeria

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Hugo Broos admitted that Cameroon’s 2018 World Cup qualification hopes are all but over following their 4-0 defeat to Nigeria on Friday in Uyo.

The Super Eagles are top of Group B on nine points after three matches, seven ahead of African champions Cameroon.

They meet again in Yaounde on Monday, with Broos admitting there is nothing but pride at stake.

“There is no pressure anymore on Monday, Nigeria have nine points, we have two points,” Broos said.

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“But there is only an honour to defend, there is no importance to this. I just hope my players will have the same mentality that I have – that they will fight on Monday till the last minute – to beat Nigeria.

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“If we had won this game, we would have a chance, but we lost it and I hope everyone will learn from this.”

Goals from Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho sealed the win, with Broos refusing to hold any hopes of a ‘miraculous’ route to Russia.

“Why should we have a chance to the World Cup? We need to win all three games and Nigeria have to lose all three games, I don’t think that will happen,” said the Cameroon boss.

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Cameroon are the reigning champions of Africa after their triumph over Egypt in the Nations Cup final in Gabon earlier this year.

The Indomitable Lions have played at seven Fifa World Cups and their best outing was at the 1990 World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.

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2019 AFCON – Cameroon, Gets Ready

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Cameroon’s bid to host the 2019 AFCON, the biggest football event in the continent has kept football fans wondering if the country will meet up with CAF’s expectations.
Photo de: 2019 AFCON: Cameroon in the heat of preparations

These sceptics point to the slow progress of work at the construction sites and facilities that will host participants during the 2019 AFCON.

On Thursday 20th July 2019, a CAF executive meeting in Rabat, Morocco made reforms some of which directly concern Cameroon.

These include;
1-The number of participating countries at the AFCON competitions increased from 16 t0 24.
2-The tournament moved to the months of June and July from the innitial January.

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In view of the new developments, many Cameroonians took to the social media and other media platforms to express worries concerning Cameroon’s readiness to host 24 instead of the 16 countries.

They argue that work has to speed up and the innitial four stadia and three training grounds earmarked to serve during the competition will not be enough.

Before the changes, the sixteen teams to participate at the 2019 Cameroon AFCON had to be divided into four groups.

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Group A to be positioned in Yaounde
Group B,Douala and Limbe
Group C,Bafoussam
Group D,Garoua.

Presently, the 24 teams has to be grouped in six.

The most probable option at present is to have Limbe which served as a play ground during the 2017 Women AFCON host a group.

Yaounde with the Ahmadou Ahidjo and the Olembe stadia, can host an additional group.

Thankfully the Italian company,n, Piccini, charged with the construction of the 60000-seater capacity football structure in Olembe only recently assured the public that it will meet the deadline .

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Another change in Cameroon’s favour is the competition month that has been moved from January to June.
The gives the country an additional six months

Though many think the 2018 Presidential elections will be a distraction from a smooth preparation, the Minister of Sports and Phisical Education, in a recent media outing, was very reassuring.

As the CAF executive meeting continues in Rabat Morroco, many expect other changes

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Cameroon – Chad Railway Project Kicks Off, As Both Sides Signs Aide-Momoire

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The Government of Cameroon and that of Chad have signed an aide-memoire with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to extend the railway network linking Ngaoundere in Cameroon and Djamena in Chad.

Cameroon’s Minister of Transport, Edgard Alain Mebe’e Ngo’o oversaw the signing ceremony this 18th July 2017.

The signing paves the way for feasibility studies ahead of the construction of the railway linking both towns.

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The Director General of Cooperation and Regional Integration, Charles Assamba Ongondo who signed for Cameroon explains that the three signatories previously worked with the Cameroon – Chad Railway Commission to map- out feasibilty studies for the project.

He explains that the document will be submitted to the board of AfDB for scrutiny.

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Minister Edgard Alain Mebe’e Ngo’o on his part said that the aide-memoire is an important step towards the realisation of the project.

The project is a 900km railway extension line linking Cameroon and Chad. It will undoubtably enhance regional intergration owing to the flow of people and goods. The finance package is estimated at about 5000 billion CFAF.

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About 40 Cameroonian Military Drown Off Atlantic Coast

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YAOUNDE — More than 34 Cameroonian military men heading to Bakassi Peninsula has been declared missing by the country’s defense minister. The soldiers drown in the atlantic ocean when their boat sink off cameroonian coast on their way to Bakassi Peninsula. Cameroon’s defense minister says at least 34 people have been declared missing after a military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast.

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Joseph Beti Assomo said Monday that the military has been deployed to investigate. He says helicopters have rescued three soldiers and will continue the search.

Meanwhile Armed Forces from the republic of cameroon was reported to have killed at least 97 indigenes of the ceded oil rich Bakassi Peninsula last week.

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Assomo says 37 people were on board the ship, which was on a routine mission to the Bakassi peninsula when it sank Sunday.

The oil-rich Bakassi peninsula was handed over to Cameroon by Nigeria following an International Court of Justice ruling. Nigerian forces had occupied the area in the 1980s, leading to violent confrontations with Cameroon’s military.

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South Cameroon Freedom Fighters Merge And Becomes A Formidable Force

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Recently, southern Cameroon Freedom fighters who has been pressuring the Cameroonian Government and the United Nation to grant them the independent state of Ambazonia, merged together. Ever since this merger took place, the freedom fighters has recorded tremendous breakthroughs in their quest for freedom.

One of these milestone breakthroughs is the peaceful protest they had recently in Heusten Texas and United Nations Head Quarters in New York. They were also invited by the British Parliament relently to voice their grievances.

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Cameroon – Grown Up School Girls Who Have Reached Puberty Stripped Naked In School

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Pictures of school girls who have reached the age of puberty allegedly from a School in Baham, Western Cameroon has trending online for the wrong reasons. According to Song Mudoh, a Cameroonian who shared this outrageous pictures online, teachers at the school stripped the girls naked just to punish them for late coming.

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“Only in Africa will you see this type of nonsense. Student stripped naked and flogged as part of school punishment. I really don’t care what they did but this is totally unacceptable. And it’s so funny why these grown ass students allowed themselves to be punished in this manner,” Song wrote.

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However, this outright inhuman treatment has received condemnation from people online. It is a sexual abuse and abuse of the human rights of the girls. Africans must wake up and jettison crude behaviors. Especially those who call themselves teachers. If teachers cannot think properly, whta then is expected of their students.

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Cameroon – Nigerian Government Mute Over The Killing Of 97 Of It’s Citizen By Cameroonian Gemdarmes In Bakassi Peninsula

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At least 97 Nigerians have been killed by Cameroon gendarmes in part of Bakassi Peninsula ceded to the Central African nation since Wednesday,some returnees claimed on Thursday.

The 130 returnees, who landed at the Ikang jetty, New Bakassi local government area of Cross River State, on Thursday, said they managed to escape with their lives.

The returnees said they lived under constant harassment from the Cameroonian authorities since the area was ceded to the Central African nation.

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One of the returnees, Chief Umoh Umoh Inyang, said, “The Cameroonian gendarmes have been harassing us so much. They destroyed our things, destroyed our boats, assaulted us and shot many of us to death. They made a lot of trouble for us in Akpankanya in Bakassi.

“They would not let us carry on with our lives and livelihood in peace. The sufferings we have received are so great we had to come back. They would not let us go to the sea for fishing and in our houses where we were just staying they came and asked us to pay N100, 000 each. When we said we don’t have such money, they started beating us and shot many of us. We were forced to leave the place suddenly. We got to this Ikang jetty around 2:00 a.m. today.”

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Another returnee, Mr. Nse Edet Okon, added: “There was so much pandemonium. They destroyed everything. In 2008 they killed three people who worked with me. The government should come to our aid and resettle us properly in our own country. In 2008 they killed three canoe boys who worked with me while the rest escaped by jumping into the water. This time around they came and told me to pay N100, 000 tax for boat engine and I said I don’t have that kind of money.”

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Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis In Schools In North West And South West Synod Clerk Intervenes

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The Synod Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, Rev Babila Fochang says that the Church as a body is not playing games with future of children nor can tell lies in the face of crisis rocking the two English speaking regions.

The Reverend Gentleman in one of his daily meditation says the only means to be free is to worship and believe in God

Rev Fochang wrote:

The Anglophone churches in Cameroon have been under serious attack with some Anglophone members of government daring to say that the churches are playing Pontus Pilate! Some church leaders are under surveillance with threats of arrests while pastors are threatened to say that all is well.

Now that media houses have been threatened that they will be shut down if they mention anything concerning what is going on, the prophetic voices remains the only outlet of truth.

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Today we are reminded of the threat on Jeremiah’s life because he prophesied the word of the Lord just as the Lord asked him to.

The message was that if the people fail to listen to God’s prophets and do what God wants, he was going to rain disaster upon the city. As it is, instead of heeding the prophet and turn to the Lord, it was the regular priests and prophets who led the people to sieze Jeremiah, saying, “You must die!…”

The officials of state then positioned themselves at the entrance of God’s house and it was prophets and priests who said, “This man must be sentenced to death because he had prophesied against this city…” Enemies in the house!

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Jeremiah told them he had only spoken what he was asked to by the Lord. Like Jeremiah the true prophetic voice can only say, “…Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the Lord your God… As for me, I am in your hands, do with me whatever you think is good and right.

Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city, and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing…” (26: 1-16). My people, history is proof that killing of prophets and human rights activists have never been the solution to suppress truth! Let us face issues and deal with them upfront! Arrests, torture, high handedness and threats to life won’t solve our problems!

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Our solution is to turn to the Lord especially during this season of Lent! Don’t treat fellow humans as animals! You can’t expect university students to go to school and function smoothly without internet! Not in this generation! God forbid this inhuman treatment and violation of human rights! Fear God and allow good citizens to enjoy their just rights; and by so doing we would all escape the wrath of God!
Via Cameroon Concord!

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Heavy Protest In Bamenda Cameroon By Anglophone Teachers And Lawyers

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Bamenda – A group of Anglophone lawyers took to the streets earlier this week to protest the use of french language in some of the countries legal codes and constitution. There was heavy tension and pandemonium in the north western cameroun capital city Bamenda. The city has been an epicenter of potest since early this week.

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Security forces clashed with the lawyers who were rightfully protesting the fact that there was no English version some of the legal codes and acts. Also they alleged that French language is being used to administer the courts where there are also English speaking parties in the said courts.

As a result of these protest by the lawyers, the teachers followed suite, protesting and demanding that Francophone teachers be removed from Anglophone schools. They demanded that the North west and south western regions of the country where English is the predominant language should be devoid of French teachers in their school.

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Meanwhile, peace has returned in most of the affected parts as at the time of this report.

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Cameroon train derailment: 53 dead, 575 injured, 14 trapped in carriages

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We are receiving more details of the casualty figures of Friday afternoon’s train derailment in Cameroon. According to official figures from the transport ministry:

  • 53 dead – 43 more than our earlier report that 10 had lost their lives.
  • 575 people are reported injured
  • 14 others are said to be trapped in the carriages

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A train derailed in Cameroon on Friday reportedly killing about 10 people and injuring over 60 people who were on board.

According to local media, the accident occured in Eseka on the line between the country’s main cities, Douala and the capital, Yaounde. The train was said to be packed.

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Pictures circulating on social media showed that the derailed train had overturned near the tracks. Dead bodies and injured persons were also at the scene of the accident. The state owned CRTV showed people giving injured persons first aid.

“There are many injured. We are still in the phase of evaluating the situation. We cannot give even a provisional toll,” said an official for national rail company Camrail, who asked not to be named.

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A local hospital official also confirmed that 10 corpses were brought in from the accident scene. Local journalists confirmed that the train was very packed at the time of the accident.

The French ambassador to Cameroon, Gilles Thibault, tweeted a condolence message to the families and victime of the crash. ‘‘I present condolences saddened families and loved ones of the victims of the crash of the Yaoundé – Douala.’‘

 

Rail is one of the key modes of transport in the country. It serves in transporting both people and goods. Due to the speed of rail, people usually cram unto coaches to get to their destinations.

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The rail company had earlier denied via its facebook page that there was an accident. They later confirmed the incident and said they were working to provide official details of the incident.

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