Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/17)
BAMENDA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Cameroonians in the English-speaking west of the country boarded up their shops, stayed home from work and boycotted the start of the school term on Monday, in protest at what they say is their marginalization by the government. Security forces were deployed on largely deserted streets to prevent a repeat of violent protests last year that galvanized opposition to President Paul Biya, in power for 35 years, and provoked a crackdown in which dozens were arrested and the internet shut off for three months. “The Anglophones have always been mistreated and disrespected,” Iran Chi, a carpenter with four children, said on a street in central Bamenda, the main town in the western region in which most...
(Voice of America 09/05/17)
Millions of school children have failed to show up for the start of the school year in Cameroon's English speaking regions, even after the government freed most of the jailed leaders of anglophone protests. A teacher at Ntamulung bilingual high school in Bamenda, Cameroon, is teaching 20 children who have shown up on day one of the school year. At least 70 were expected in the classroom. Schools have been closed in the English-speaking northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon since November last year when lawyers and teachers called for a strike to stop what they described as the overbearing influence of French. After strike leaders were arrested, pressure groups called for their immediate and unconditional release before resuming classes...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/17)
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition across the Lake Chad Basin - about 800,000 - has soared since last year, and could spiral further as Boko Haram ramps up attacks in the region, an aid agency said on Tuesday. The jihadists’ brutal eight-year insurgency has forced millions of people to flee their homes, driven farmers from their land and disrupted aid delivery, leading to a “devastating food crisis”, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). More than 7.2 million people across Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad need food aid, while the number of children aged under five suffering from severe malnutrition in the region has risen by two-thirds since last September, United Nations...
(AL Jazeera 09/05/17)
Amnesty International highlights role of young women and girls forced to target civilians in Nigeria and Cameroon. A surge in attacks by Boko Haram fighters has claimed nearly 400 lives since April in Nigeria and Cameroon, double the figure of the previous five months, according to a rights group. The increasing use of suicide bombers - often young women and girls forced to carry and detonate explosives in crowded areas - has killed at least 381 civilians in the two countries, Amnesty International group said in a statement on Tuesday. "Boko Haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/17)
African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday. The result means Cameroon have just three points from four matches and can no longer finish top of Group B. "There's no-one in life who achieves all his goals [but] it's a disappointment," Indomitable Lions coach Hugo Broos said after the game. In Monday's other match, Libya earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group A. Nigeria took the lead in Yaounde after 30 minutes through Moses Simon but their hosts equalised with 15 minutes to go through a Vincent Aboubakar penalty. The Super Eagles' goal came after Cameroon failed to clear and Simon profited after touches...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(AFP (eng) 09/04/17)
Dozens of Cameroon lawyers have called on the government to free all people held on terror-related charges over their fight for anglophone rights in the French-majority nation, after more than 50 activists were released this week. In a statement late Friday signed by about 100 lawyers, they denounced "discriminatory" charges levelled against leaders of the nation's English speakers who account for about 20 percent of the population. It did not say how many people were still being held, after President Paul Biya halted trials of the leaders of the protests and ordered the release of 55 people on Thursday. Among those freed were Felix Agbor Nkongho, a lawyer, and Neba Fontem Aforteka'a, a teacher, who were arrested in January on...
(AL Jazeera 09/04/17)
Protesters against alleged discrimination by French-speaking majority released from prison after months of detention. Dozens of English-speaking activists have been released from jail in Cameroon, more than six months after their arrest for organising peaceful protests demanding equal treatment in the mainly French-speaking country. Fifty-two of them were freed from two prisons in the capital, Yaounde, overnight on Friday and several of the most high-profile activist leaders were released earlier this week following a presidential decree. Watched by security forces
(APA 09/04/17)
At least six million pupils in Cameroon have resumed school on Monday, marking the beginning of the 2017/2018 academic year. According to the government, more than four million pupils will register for the elementary and primary school while another two millions are due to join the general and technical high school. The situation in the English-speaking regions of the North-West and South-West will be keenly followed after the disruption of the classes for six months in these two regions last year following a "general strike" organized by teachers’ unions and lawyers. The classes in Far North were disrupted for three years due to the violent activities of the Nigerian terrorist sect Boko Haram, which caused some 60 schools to shut...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/17)
Cameroon's President Paul Biya halted on Wednesday the trial of leaders of the nation's English-speaking community who stand accused of terror-related charges over their fight for Anglophone rights in the French-majority nation. The leaders -- lawyer Felix Agbor Nkongho, teacher Neba Fontem Aforteka'a and Paul Ayah Abine -- were expected to be released soon, one of their lawyers said. They are among roughly 30 activists being prosecuted on charges that include terrorism as well as rebellion, and which are punishable by death. Biya's decision, which was announced on state radio, was seen as an effort to calm tensions in the crisis over Anglophone rights in the central African nation of 22 million. The men were arrested in January after the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/31/17)
Cameroon’s president on Wednesday ordered a military court to drop its prosecution of three Anglophone activists and some of their supporters in a bid to ease tensions in the central African nation’s minority English-speaking regions. The men - Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Aforteka’a Neba and Paul Ayah Abine - were arrested following protests late last year by English speakers demanding equal treatment in the majority Francophone country. The case, tried under anti-terrorism laws enacted to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants in the north, stoked tensions in the North-West and South-West regions, further fuelling opposition to President Paul Biya’s mainly French-speaking government. “This decision (to end the prosecution) stems from the Head of State’s firm resolve to continuously explore ways and...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change. China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, a coalition of financing institutions, smart grid providers and core manufacturers, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation with Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). "Africa has the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it," said Seyni Nafo, chairman of AREI endorsed by the African Union Assembly. The MOU will enable the two parties to cooperate in renewable energy generation in Africa, with Chinese smart grid providers and core renewable energy manufacturers providing technological and financial support...
(APA 08/30/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - As many as 500 Cameroonian civilians, infuriated by the raids of the Boko Haram terrorists, have reportedly crossed border into Nigeria to track down terrorists in collaboration with local populations. So far, 20 terrorists were apprehended by the self-appointed vigilantes, according to sources who added that most of the Cameroonian civilians are members of the state-approved vigilante committees. Once in Nigerian territory, the Cameroonians were supported by Nigerians in increasing numbers to hunt down the terrorists. “Our neighbours in Nigeria admired our courage. Their attitude motivated us to track down the terrorists. Our approach was useful, as we destroyed at least two hiding places of the extremists, while more than 20 members of Boko Haram were arrested...
(AfricaNews 08/30/17)
The Cameroonian government has threatened to shut down satellite television operators who host a new pro-secession TV channel banned in January 2017. The Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakary sounded the warning on Monday saying those who will broadcast the Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation (SCBC) TV channel or programmes will be closed down. He added that those found in breach of the order will have their equipment confiscated and legal actions taken against them. The SCBC TV was launched on May 6, 2017, yet it was banned four months earlier by an order from the Cameroonian government. They broadcast as the mouthpiece of the North West and South West Anglophone regions with political programmes designed to push for the dissolution...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
Cameroon coach Hugo Broos admits their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is doomed if they do not take at least four points off Nigeria in back-to-back clashes. The Group B rivals meet in southeastern Nigerian city Uyo this Friday and in Cameroonian capital Yaounde three days later. Nigeria top the African "group of death" with six points after two rounds, African champions Cameroon have two and Zambia and Algeria one. "If we still want to have a chance of qualifying, we must take at least four points off Nigeria," the Belgian told reporters. "Should we fail to achieve that target, I do not think it will be possible to qualify for Russia." Broos is hoping for an away draw and...
(APA 08/30/17)
APA - Douala (Cameroon) - Public spending within Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) countries declined by 4000 billion CFA over the past triennium (2014-2017), the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) said Wednesday. Clearly, these expenditures have gone from 7,000 billion CFA in 2014 to stabilize at 3,000 billion CFA in 2017, a staggering decreased of 4,000 billion CFA in three years. This drastic reduction in public spending is the consequence of the fiscal adjustment measures implemented within the states or enacted by the BEAC since the decline in global commodity prices. These include the drop in oil price on the international market, which is detrimental to the economies of the subregion, especially as five of the six...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement with CGC Japan Co., which has more than 4,000 stores and collective revenue of more than $40.5 billion, making it Japan’s largest joint-procurement supermarket chain, 1K1V said. The fund has been hunting for private-equity investments that tap Africa’s growing consumer...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/17)
Gaou Moussa stands in front of his family home nestled in the dense vegetation of Chad's Tchoukouli island, where burnt straw and charred wood still litter the ground from a Boko Haram attack three years ago. "They killed my brother and we fled," he said. Tchoukouli -- one of hundreds of tiny interconnected islands about an hour's canoe ride from Lake Chad's northern banks -- is coming back to life. Despite the ongoing threat posed by the Islamist insurgents, fishermen sit mending nets and repaired ones curl in the sun nearby, while farmers guide their cattle into the water and others tend to cornfields in the distance. All of these are activities that have been absent for more than two...
(Voice of America 08/29/17)
YAOUNDE — Fall armyworm has spread to Cameroon. The pest has attacked crops in at least 24 African countries. In Cameroon, the Ministry of Agriculture says it is particularly concerned about the impact of the fall armyworm infestation in the north and the east of the country. Minister-delegate Ananga Messina says fall armyworm has infested six of the central African state’s 10 regions. She says the armyworms have been a serious threat to food security in Cameroon because cereals like maize, sorghum, rice and legume plants like cow-pea, peanuts and beans are increasingly being attacked every day. She says the situation is particularly worrisome on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria where the population and 100,000 Nigerian refugees are already suffering...

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