Fears of mass kidnapping of students in Western Cameroon

Fears of mass kidnapping of students in Western Cameroon

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Dozens of people are feared to have been kidnapped from a school in western Cameroon.

At least 79 people were abducted in Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest, anonymous government and military sources were quoted by news agencies.

They were kidnapped by armed men on Monday, the BBC said.

Cameroon's northwest and southwestern regions have been affected by a separatist uprising in recent years.

Militias who called for the separation of the two English-speaking regions have called for a school boycott.

But no group said she had kidnapped her.

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Separatist rebellion

The militia who want to create a new state of Ambazonia began in 2017, after a protest by the security forces against mass protests led by lawyers and teachers, for alleged failure by the government to give English law and education systems sufficient recognition in the northwest and North America Southwest.

The government has been accused of relying heavily on people trained in the French legal and educational tradition to work in key positions, and generally marginalized the English-speaking minority of Cameroon, which makes up about 20% of the population.

President Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982, was recently re-elected for a seventh term with more than 70% of the vote.

Opposition parties claim that the election was rigged, but legal attempts to overthrow the result failed.

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