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Cameroon: OCHA Observed October as “Most Violent, Bloody” Month in 2020
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The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Cameroon has evaluated the month of October 2020 to have been the bloodiest and most violent month in Cameroon.

Cameroon: OCHA Observed October as “Most Violent, Bloody” Month in 2020

According to their monthly report published on December 14th, 2020 on their webpage, the organ counted about 700 incidents including gender-based Violence in Cameroon with the evaluated month.

In the North West and South West regions alone, 669 such incidents were recording as a result of the persisting Anglophone armed conflict plaguing security in the regions.

“…October has been marked by the most violent and bloody attacks on education since the start of the crisis in 2016,” the organ remarks, with the most dangerous areas being the Bui, Boyo and Mezam Divisions in the NW and Meme, and Fako in the SW.

North West and South West Cameroon

“Major incidents were recorded in the divisions of Boyo, Bui and Mezam in the Northwest region, in Meme, and Fako divisions in the South West region, with the Kumba school massacre on October 24 being the deadliest and most violent attack,” OCHA observed.

The organ equally recalls that “on October 23, the day before the Kumba school massacre, 15 students from the Progressive Comprehensive High School in Bamenda were reportedly abducted on their way home from school, by non-state armed group.”

The UN body has noted the unexpected and criticized attitude of the forceful transport of children to public schools in military vans, the occupation of non-operational school facilities and the closure of informal or community schools in favor of public schools.

Cameroon: OCHA Observed October as “Most Violent, Bloody” Month in 2020

On the part of the Separatist fighters, OCHA notes that they have remained divided on their position with regards to education. “While some separatists called openly on social media for a resumption of schooling, pupils, students and teachers continue to be physically attacked and to receive threats from other separatists through audio messages,” the UN organ has written.

These incidents are said to have been reported in the divisions of Ngo-Ketunjia, Bui and Donga Mantung, all located in the NW Region of Cameroon.

As a result of the surging crisis within the observed period at least “…291,813 people benefitted from food assistance,” the report states.

Meanwhile, “71,731 new learners in the North-West and South-West (NWSW) regions were provided access to learning.”

Meanwhile, the humanitarian organizations have also been caught between the fight as many of their personnel, the organ reports, have equally been facing threats and their activities disrupted in some instances.

October 24th, 2020

The way forward remains in the pregnant future as both conflicting parties of the Anglophone crisis (Government and Separatists) still find it difficult to drop their pride at a dialogue table for the good of the innocent population.

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