A former agrarian colony of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, Cameroon was transformed by the discovery of oil in the 1970s. President Paul Biya, in power since 1982, has yet to deliver a state where rule of law is respected, pluralism flourishes, and freedom of expression and assembly are observed. The far north of the country is one of the remaining strongholds of the militant Islamist forces of Boko Haram, and radicalisation is spreading in that region. Elsewhere, the government has cracked down in response to protests over government policies, and the country is dealing with spillover effects of the sectarian civil war in neighbouring Central African Republic.

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Catholic hostages ‘freed in Cameroon’

A Canadian nun, Gilberte Bussiere, 75, and two Italian priests Giampaolo Marta, 47 and Gianantonio Allegri, 57, have been freed, according to officials. The three clerics, from the diocese of Vicenza in the northeast of Italy were taken hostage on the night of 4 April after a group of armed men […]

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Freed priest returns to France

Georges Vandenbeusch, the French priest held hostage for nearly seven weeks in Cameroon, returned to France on New Year’s Day. President Francois Hollande greeted the 42-year-old cleric at an Air Force base near Paris early on Jan. 1, after France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius received him in the Cameroon capital of Yaounde. The […]

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