At Least Six Children Killed In Attack On Cameroonian School

Cheryl Sanders
October 26, 2020

The heavily armed fighters stormed the Mother Francisca School in the town of Kumba on Saturday morning and opened fire on the children, said Chamberlain Ntou Ndong, the senior divisional officer of Meme, where Kumba is located.

Army spokesman Cyrille Atonfack Guemo told AFP that seven children had been killed, while the government had initially spoken of six "murdered" and the United Nations said at least eight were killed and twelve wounded by gunfire and blows from machetes.

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No group took responsibility for the attack on the bilingual school in Kumba, but the area has been implicated in violence between Anglophone separatists and government forces for three years. Unrest has plagued the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions since separatists demanded independence in 2016.

The attack on Kumba has not yet been claimed and the attackers have not yet been officially identified by the authorities.

The fighting in English-speaking Cameroon, but also the atrocities and killings of civilians by the two camps, according to numerous NGOs, have left more than 3,000 dead and forced more than 700,000 people to flee their homes.

Since it began, the movement became more radicalised, and separatists renamed the regions the Republic of Ambazonia, which has never been recognised internationally.

"Around 700,000 young people have been excluded from the school system because of the conflict", he told AFP. The six children killed were between the ages of 12 and 14.

Last year, two students in Buea, the capital of the southwest region, were killed by separatists in what one official called "reprisals" for speaking out against the school's forced closings.

The separatists had prevented children from going to school after President Paul Biya's French-speaking government brought French-speaking teachers into Anglophone classrooms.

The government responded with crackdown and deployed thousands of soldiers.

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