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Some of the glaring news headlines about Cameroon in the month of November 2020

The governing record of Paul Biya, Cameroon’s current leader, is making the news rounds, again.

Biya assumed office as president of the centrally located African nation on Nov. 6, 1982. He’s been president now for 38 long years. Biya, now 87 years old, became president after serving as prime minister under the late President Ahmadou Ahidjo. That was in 1975. At the time he was only 32 years old.

Since he became president Biya has led Cameroon through many elections, during which, we are told, he muzzled the opposition in every way and used the military to aid his stay in office.

Today, Cameroon is grappling with a civil war, its worst crisis since independence which it gained separately, from France in 1960, and Great Britain in 1961.  

The parties in the conflict involve the Republic of Cameroon, with a central government operating from Yaoundé, its capital, and English-speaking or Anglophone separatists, operating mostly in hiding, and with feeble international support. The separatists say their goal is to carve out a separate nation for the country’s English-speaking minority. They have named the new country,  Ambazonia. The situation has escalated into bloodshed, with thousands now reported killed, and hundreds in refugee camps in neighboring countries. 

Just as beleaguered Cameroonians are using social media to deride the state of their country, the anniversary of Biya’s stay in power came under scrutiny from international media and humanitarian organizations, including Germany’s Deutsche Welle News Service, UNICEF, The Guardian, and The Daily Nation.

U.S. Department of State — November 2020

On the Cameroonian Diaspora

UNICEF — November 2020

UNICEF alarmed by spike in school attacks in Cameroon

Deutsche Welle (DW) — November, 2020

Opinion: Cameroon’s ghost President Biya fails to lead

The Guardian — November 2020

For the sake of Cameroon, life-president Paul Biya must be forced out

The Daily Nation — November 2020

Cameroon: Paul Biya Marks 38 Years in Power, but His Political Problems Just Won’t Go Away

The Africa Report — November 2020

Cameroon’s crisis: The day sound and fury descended upon Kumba

Catholic News Agency — November 2020

Cardinal is freed after kidnapping by gunmen in Cameroon

Jeune Afrique — November, 2020

Cameroun : des militants pro-Kamto placés en détention pour « tentative de révolution »

Brookings Institution — October 2020

Threats to democracy in Africa: The rise of the constitutional coup

NBC News — October 2020

Lawyers say deportees to Cameroon would be flying on ‘death planes’