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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Cameroonians killed in Boko Haram attacks

Boko Haram is suspected of killing at least 16 people and burning down 60 homes in villages on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria, close to where the militants still hold positions. Esaje Djewed, a witness, told World Watch Monitor that there were some Christians among the dead. Another witness, Maina Gabriel, […]

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Polish cleric, 15 hostages, released

The Cameroonian army says it has freed Polish Catholic priest Rev. Mateusz Dziedzic from his kidnappers. The priest’s captors say they voluntarily released Dziedzic and 15 other hostages as a goodwill gesture in hopes of political negotiations. Either way, the six-week hostage ordeal is over and the former hostages are […]

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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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