Cameroon: 84 soldiers, police killed in separatist clashes

Cameroon: 84 soldiers, police killed in separatist clashes
A protest march against the violence in southern Cameroon, where a nascent secessionist movement’s clashes with government forces has led to widespread loss of life. (Reuters)
Updated 20 June 2018

Cameroon: 84 soldiers, police killed in separatist clashes

Cameroon: 84 soldiers, police killed in separatist clashes
  • Prime Minister Philemon Yang announced a new $220m emergency humanitarian assistance plan for hundreds of thousands of civilians that the government says live in precarious conditions because of separatist attacks.
  • English speakers have called for reforms and greater autonomy, alleging their marginalization by French speakers. The English-speaking community accounts for about one-fifth of Cameroon’s 25 million people.

YAOUNDE, Cameroon: Cameroon’s prime minister says 84 soldiers and police have been killed during months of fighting with separatists who seek an English-language state.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang on Wednesday announced a new $220 million emergency humanitarian assistance plan for hundreds of thousands of civilians that the government says live in precarious conditions because of separatist attacks.
Yang says civilians, mostly in rural areas, have paid the highest price of the “ugly war imposed by the terrorists.” He appeals for national solidarity.
English speakers have called for reforms and greater autonomy, alleging their marginalization by French speakers. The English-speaking community accounts for about one-fifth of Cameroon’s 25 million people.
Amnesty International this month called for an end to “unnecessary and excessive force” on both sides.