The internet, slow and sketchy, is back in Southern Cameroons—for now
March 6, 2018
The internet, still slow and inaccessible to many, has been restored in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, sources and digital rights groups say.
Access Now, a global advocacy group that has been pushing leaders to stop disrupting the internet under the #KeepItOn campaign, confirmed the internet was back as of Thursday (Mar. 1). While social media sites were back, users continued to complain about pages uploading slowly while some websites still couldn’t be accessed without a virtual private network.
Otto Akama, who runs the Makonjo media startup in Buea the capital of the Southwest region, also said the network was “very unstable.” This was especially true, he added, for the national telecommunications service Camtel. Since it operates the country’s fiber-optic backbone, the company has a monopoly on the nation’s internet infrastructure—making it easy for them to shut dow . . .
Cameroon Government Bans Night Driving in Southwest in Wake of Violent Protests
March 6, 2018
Regional governor Bernard Okalia Bilai stated that the driving ban will last for "30 days."
According to reports, one of Cameroon's provinces has banned driving at night because of continuing clashes between government forces and separatists.
No vehicles are allowed to be on the road between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am, although exceptions are made only for ambulances and police cars, according to an official announcement.
Many have been killed in the Southwest Region and Northwest Region and tens of thousands have fled to bordering Nigeria after violent anti-government protests, which began due to a push for independence among the English-speaking provinces.
he situation deteriorated in late January, 2017 when 47 rebels were arrested in Nigeria, which sent them back to Cameroon, prompting yet another wave of violent protests . . .
Cameroon says it busted regional child trafficking ring
March 6, 2018
\Cameroonian authorities say they have dismantled a network of child traffickers responsible for dozens of abductions in the region over the past several months.
The network is said to have extended into neighbouring Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Chad. The operation intensified after three young children were found dead in the back of a truck, prompting angry residents to torch a hotel owned by alleged traffickers.
Hundreds of people are still visiting the neighbourhood where the inn was razed last Tuesday by an angry mob in Cameroon's southern town of Kiossi, on the border with Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
Thirty-nine-year-old Vanessa Nzali was among parents of missing children who arrived in Kiossi Friday. She says she had traveled some 280 kilometers from Cameroon’s capital Yaounde when she heard that unidentified children had been found there by Cameroonian police. She says she immediately decided to travel to Kiossi to s . . .
ANALYSIS: How Nigerian govt violated own laws, historical role by expelling Cameroonian separatists
By Evelyne OKakwu | 20 Feb 2018
Ambazonia protest (Photo Credit: fragov.org)
Despite widespread condemnation of the Nigerian government for arresting and detaining some Cameroonian separatists, they were on January 26 deported to Cameroon where they would be tried as terrorists.
About 12 members of Southern Cameroon proposing an independent state of Ambazonia were arrested by Nigerian security officials after they arrived Nera hotel in Abuja on January 5 for a scheduled meeting.
The separatists led by Julius Tabe who had proclaimed himself President of Ambazonia last October, were reportedly in Nigeria to discuss the influx of thousands of Cameroonian asylum seekers to Nigeria following protests in October. The protests resulted in the deaths of over 20 civilians in the hands of the central African . . .
Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
By Gabriela Baczynska | 20 Feb, 2018
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.
Nearly 119,000 Africans were caught trying to get to the EU last year on smugglers’ boats departing from Libya, more than 42,000 from Turkey to Greece and another 23,000 heading from Algeria and Morocco to Spain, Fabrice Leggeri said.
“The pressure, the irregular migration pressure on our southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very high level (in 2018),” Leggeri told a news conference.
While numbers on the Libya-Italy route have declined since last July as Libyan factions and authorities - under pressure from Italy and the EU - began to block departures, especially from the smuggling hub of Sabratha, Leggeri s . . .
U.S. State Department Condemns the Unlawful Extradition of Some Ambazonians from Nigeria
February 6, 2018
From the US State Department
February 5, 2018
The United States condemns the ongoing violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, including the murder of two Cameroonian gendarmes in the North West Region village of Mbingo, a Cameroonian soldier outside of Bamenda on February 1, an electoral official of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) in Bangem, and the reported deaths of four civilians in Bamenda and Belo on February 2 and 3. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people of Cameroon.
We also cal . . .
Cameroon and Nigeria dragged To African Commission Over Illegal Return Of Ambazonian Refugees, Asylum Seekers
February 5, 2018
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights requesting “the urgent intervention of the Bureau of the Commission to end the ongoing human rights violations of naturalized Nigerians, refugees and asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by the Nigerian authorities.”
The organization urged the Chairperson and Bureau of the Commission “to urgently hold an extra-ordinary session of the African Commission to address the illegal and unfair return of 51 Cameroon refugees, asylum seekers and naturalized Nigerians, and the continuing violations of the rights of the returnees by the government of Cameroon.”
The organization also urged the Commission to “speak out strongly and condemn the unfair treatment of the refugees, asylum seekers and naturalized Nigerians by the government of Cameroon, . . .
President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe on France 24: “All Options are on the Table, Plus Military Option…” for Ambazonia
Anny Funke } Dec 02, 2017
Ambazonian President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe
In an interview on France 24 TV yesterday the Interim President of Ambazonia, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe made it clear to the world once more that the Ambazonia state has been restored and there is no turning back. He said he was ready to die so long as his people are set free from the destructive, salvage grip of the Republic of Cameroun. With its continuous brutalization of Ambazonians, these people are even more ready than President Sisiku to give up their lives to see their country free.
Sisiku was speaking on France 24 in Nigeria, on the heels of a declaration of outright war on his people by President Paul Biya of French Cameroun, after the death of his six armed officers in Manyu.
On his return from the 5th African Union-European Union summit in Ivory Coast on Nov 3o, Biya said all military measures will be put into place for total annihilation of Ambazonians whom he termed te . . .
Escalation in Ambazonia After Biya Declares War on Its People
Anny Funke | Dec 02, 2017
President Paul Biya of La Republique du Cameroun
Since French Cameroun President Paul Biya declared full war on the Federal Republic of Ambazonia one day ago, Cameroon Intelligence Report sources say, sporadic clashes are rising in Manyu State. This is between Ambazonian militants and soldiers from the Republic of Cameroun.
Airstrikes are reported to have hit the villages of Otu, Tinta in Akwaya and heavy gunfire heard in Egbekaw village. La Republique military positions were under attacks from gunshots as some of these strikes emitted heavy smoke into the air.
Military of Republic of Cameroun
The tension is so high, resulting in more casualties, yet the Ambazonian militants are determined more than ever to cross victory line.
This comes following the decision of Cameroun’s Minister of Defense Beti Assomo, with instructions from President Biya to openly declare war on the Ambazonian people. &nb . . .
Grace and Robert Mugabe 'to remain in Zimbabwe' under government deal
By Roland Oliphant | 22 November 2017
Robert Mugabe and his family are set to remain in Zimbabwe under a deal with the ruling party that will see them retreat from politics in exchange for secure retirement, diplomatic and political sources in Harare said.
Mr Mugabe, 93, resigned on Tuesday following a military coup and an outpouring of public anger at economic mismanagement, corruption, and political violence during his nearly four decades of rule.
During celebrations in Harare following his resignation on Tuesday night, one man told The Telegraph he would like to see the former president "in leg irons".
But in a possible indication of plans to rehabilitate the ousted president, posters were put up in Harare on Wednesday with the slogan "let Mugabe rest now".
"President Mugabe is now a private citizen. Let’s let him enjoy a private life," said Nick Man . . .