Cameroon / by Alistair Galloway

The Cameroonian government is facing growing unrest as teachers and lawyers in the English-speaking regions continue to strike against the marginalization of English speakers in the country. A doctors’ strike in Yaoundé on 17 April left patients without critical care. Internet access has been restored to the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions of the country. A UN envoy urged the Cameroonian government to release detainees in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. The government of the Nigerian state of Borno announced plans to evacuate the 78,000 displaced Nigerians taking refuge in Cameroon, back to their home country. Approximately 7,000 Nigerian refugees have been repatriated to their home country in the past month. Doctors Without Borders released a statement saying that it had witnessed Cameroonian officials forcibly removing Nigerian refugees since 2016. A Cameroonian military tribunal sentenced Radio France’s International correspondent, Ahmed Abba, to prison for “failure to denounce acts of terrorism”. Amnesty International called the sentence a “travesty of justice”. The government of Cameroon has named English-speaking secessionist groups responsible for recent arson attacks on public buildings. Laurent Sakou of the Germany geosynthetics company, Huesker, presented a proposal for using geosynthetic materials for the construction of arterial roads in Cameroon, claiming that geosynthetic technology could drastically cut costs and construction time.