Cameroon Deploys Military to Thwart Opposition Protesters

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Cameroon has deployed military troops to stop opposition supporters from protesting against long-serving President Paul Biya. Political opposition and rights groups blame Biya, who has been in power for 38 years, for rights violations and a four-year separatist conflict. Cameroon authorities have vowed to arrest anyone who tries to demonstrate against the government. Opposition supporters say at least 12 of their members have been detained since Friday by what appear to be Cameroonian military troops. 27-year-old Christophe Nkemche says eight motorcycle taxi drivers in the city of…

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Global and African Leaders Welcome Launch of GCA Africa as “Historic Moment to Accelerate Adaptation” on the Continent

The Global Center on Adaptation today announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African communities from the impacts of climate change. GCA Africa will focus on programs and action, knowledge acceleration and capacity building and agenda-setting that respond to the acute challenges from the changing climate facing African countries. The GCA Africa programs include improving the…

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Compensation Disparity Riles Victims of 1998 US Embassy Bombings

WASHINGTON – Doreen Oport was on a tea break when she heard the blast. A 15-year employee of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, she said she wasn’t fazed by the sound at first. She thought it was a tire bursting on a busy street. Moments later she felt the unmistakable force of a detonation nearby. She would later learn that the first sound was a grenade, thrown at guards outside of the embassy. The second sound was a truck laden with explosives. “We all fell down, the embassy…

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Cameroon Military Sweeps Northwest City to Weed Out Separatists

YAOUNDE – Cameroon’s military this week launched an operation to weed out anglophone separatists in the northwestern city of Bamenda.  Locals say the commercial hub is eerily quiet after the military banned motorcycles, and rebels responded by demanding all vehicles stay off the streets.  Civilians have been escaping the renewed fighting to neighboring towns and villages. Twenty-seven-year-old nurse Rachel Ngobising arrived in Yaoundé late Wednesday after escaping heavy fighting in Cameroon’s northwestern city of Bamenda. “I struggled and I trekked for a very long distance before I could find a…

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Cameroon Separatists Turning to Cattle Rustling, Ranchers Say

BAFIA, CAMEROON – Cameroon authorities say anglophone separatists have stolen thousands of cattle from ethnic Mbororo ranchers since July, forcing them to move livestock hundreds of kilometers away to more secure areas. Authorities say the rebels’ cattle rustling appears to be motivated by food shortages. Forty-one-year-old Mbororo rancher Sule Kerla leads several hundred cattle to graze in the French-speaking village of Balamba, in central Cameroon, near Bafia town. He says the cattle belong to five Mbororo, an ethnic group of ranchers, by tradition, located mainly in Cameroon’s Northwest Region. But,…

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The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group positions itself as a leader in disaster risk management in Africa

Dakar, September 9, 2020 – The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group, a pan-African disaster risk management institution, organized a conference in Dakar today during which the new Group Director-General, and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (UN-ASG), Mr. Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, and the CEO of ARC Limited, Mr. Lesley Ndlovu presented the institution, its strategy, its areas of activity and its impact on vulnerable populations across the continent. ARC was established in 2012 as a specialized agency of the African Union to help African countries better anticipate and manage natural disasters. As…

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Boko Haram Attacks Leave Cameroon Villagers in Need of Aid

MORA, CAMEROON – Cameroonian villagers along the Nigerian border need humanitarian aid after deadly Boko Haram attacks displaced at least 7,000 people, authorities and rights groups say. Villagers have been fleeing their homes since early August because of attacks, which killed at least 22 people and wounded 29.  Several humanitarian groups, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), handed out goats and bags of rice, among other goods, to more than a hundred people gathered Monday in the town of Mora Cameroon authorities say a suicide bomber hit the…

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Political Insecurity in West Africa: A Call for Democratic Stability and Peaceful Elections – Analysis and Call for Immediate Action

Emerging Threats and Implications for Regional Peace and Stability Mali is already faced with increased terrorist and violent extremist attacks, ethno-religious violence, inter and intra communal clashes as well as Tuareg separatist insurgencies, especially in the Northern provinces. The growing insecurity in the Sahel continues to have adverse impact on the country’s stability. This is in addition to the economic hardship confronting its citizens and further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The uprising and demonstrations triggered by disputed parliamentary elections of March 2020, the kidnapping of Soumaila Cissé, a leader…

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