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Gunmen Open Fire On School Children In Kumba, Cameroon

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Kumba Cameroon was thrown into mourning on Saturday 24th October as gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca School killing at least eight children and wounding a dozen. Officials in the south-western city of Kumba blamed Anglophone secessionists for the attack. This is not yet confirmed. A local education official said the victims’ ages are between 12 and 14.

“At least eight children were killed as a result of gunshots and attack with machetes. Another twelve were wounded and taken to local hospitals.” The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

One photo verified by the Reuters news agency showed the inside of a classroom, where a pile of dried blood had pooled on the floor near some scattered flip-flops.

Gunmen Open Fire On School Children In Kumba Cameroon

Some schools in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have recently reopened. This comes after a four-year shut down due to threats from separatists fighting for an independent state of Ambazonia.

Anglophone activists say the country’s French-speaking majority is marginalising the English-speaking minority.

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Protests over the increasing use of French in courts and schools in Cameroon’s English-speaking heartlands, the North-West and South-West regions, morphed into violence in 2017.


A security force crackdown led to some English-speaking civilians taking up arms against the government. Thousands have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands displaced as separatists and security forces clash.


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