Boko Haram killed over 275 people in Cameroons far north region

Amnesty International says the Cameroon government has to adopt more strategies to end the Boko Haram insurgencies despite government’s claims at the beginning of the year that the terrorist group is almost neutralized.

According to amnesty international recent report on the Boko Haram insurgencies in Far North region of Cameroon says at least 275 people have been killed this year despite governments claims of the terrorist group is partially neutralized with more than 80 percent of those victims being civilians between January and November following a two weeks mission to the volatile area by the human rights watch group.
Boko Haram’s decade long insurgency started in the North Eastern region of Nigeria and spread to the borders of Chad and Niger and Cameroon and caused one the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.

Amira Daoud, Amnesty International’s Acting Regional Director for West and Central Africa says people living in the far North region live in fear as “Many of them have already witnessed Boko Haram attacks and lost family members or friends,” she said. “They no longer ask whether there will be further attacks but when they will take place – they feel completely abandoned by the authorities.

Attacks by separatists fighters in the country’s English-speaking regions has caused the death of nearly 3,000 people since 2017 in fighting in those regions where English-speaking separatists say they have been marginalized by the federal government. The violence has forced more than 500,000 people from their homes.

Amnesty international questions the government’s ability to bring an end to the insurgencies in Cameroon as; it has had to deal not only with Islamic extremist violence in Cameroon’s north but also with attacks by separatists in the country’s English-speaking regions.

By John Paul Sama