A group of armed men kidnapped 11 teachers from two schools in western Cameroon, a restive territory that has been plagued with rampant uprising as anglophone separatists continue to fight against government forces.
A group of armed men kidnapped 11 teachers from two schools in western Cameroon, a restive territory that has been plagued with rampant uprising as anglophone separatists continue to fight against government forces, according to the church that manages the school.
“They carted away a total of 11 teachers and dispersed the children to go home unhurt,” the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon said regarding Tuesday’s kidnapping.
The abduction of teachers from the local presbyterian primary and secondary schools in Kumbo came 10 days after several armed men attacked another school in the city of Kumba, killing at least eight school children.
The government in Yaounde described the armed men who killed the children in the western town of Kumba as separatists “scaring off parents from sending their children to school.”
No group has claimed responsibility for either of the assaults so far. However, government authorities blame the separatists for the recent raids.
In September 2017, anglophone separatists attempted to break away from the Cameroonian government by declaring independence in the Northwest Region and Southwest Region of the country, where most of the English-speaking minority live in primarily French-speaking state.
The declaration, which has not been acknowledged internationally, prompted a violent dispute between the anglophone minority and the country’s security forces.
More than 3,000 individuals lost their lives and about 7,000 people fled their homes since the fight between the two forces broke out.