Cameroon Anglophone crisis: Three gendarmes killed and one wounded in the North-West.

The Governor of the North-West Region confirmed the death of three gendarmes in that locality. The adjutant of the national gendarmerie

confided to our colleagues that the gendarmes were ambushed by a group of secessionists while they were carrying out a pedestrian

patrol in Widikum, a locality in the Momo Division, North West region.

Another security source who prefers to be anonymously informed of the date; according to him everything happened on December 12,

leaving one injured and many dead.

As a reminder, another gendarme had been killed in Wum in the Menchum Division, Still in the northwest region during this month, added a

resident of Bamenda. Figures from NGOs challenged by the government indicate thousands of deaths. According to Human Right Watch

(HRW), the Anglophone crisis that has shaken the North-West and South-West regions since the end of October 2016 has already killed

more than 3,000 people, including the 300 security forces mentioned by the authorities.

Despite the persistence of the crisis, the government has taken several measures to resolve the crisis and restore peace in these regions

Origin of the Crisis

The crisis in the Anglophone regions stems from events in late 2016 when local lawyers and teachers mobilized over demands for respect

of the region’s Anglophone educational and judicial systems. This escalated into armed confrontations following heavy-handed repression

by government security forces. The Cameroonian government negotiated with lawyers and teachers’ unions in early 2017, but its security

forces continued to clamp down on Anglophone protesters, including the arrest of two prominent negotiators on January 17, 2017. At the

same time, separatist activists who seek an independent state for the country’s English-speaking regions began to set fire to schools and

attack teachers and students to enforce a boycott they had declared on local schools. In June 2018, UNICEF reported that at least 58

schools had been damaged since the beginning of the crisis in 2016. Human Rights Watch documented 19 threats or attacks on schools,

and 10 threats or attacks on education personnel.