• Will Missionary’s Death Be a Tipping Point for US Position on Cameroon Crisis?

    Charles Trumann Wesco, an American missionary from Indiana who moved to the Republic of Cameroon with his wife and eight children just two weeks ago, was killed on October 30 after being caught in cross-fire between Cameroonian security forces and separatist fighters.

    Wesco and his family were living in the suburbs of Bamenda, a large city in Cameroon’s Northwest Region that has been at the center of the country’s Anglophone crisis over the last two years.

    Wesco’s death came just one week after Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, who has ruled the country with an autocrat’s grip since 1982, was reelected for a seventh term in an election marred by allegations of voter fraud, apathy, and, in places, outright fear.  

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  • Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis Intensifies: Why the central government is ultimately responsible for perpetuating the escalating violence

    In the past year, both national holidays commemorating Cameroon’s foundations—October 2017’s independence anniversary and May 2018’s National Day salute to the unitary state system—were marred by violence between the Francophone government and Anglophone secessionists. The secessionists, who formally declared independence for the “Republic of Ambazonia” in October, have struggled to establish a sovereign state comprising the bilingual country’s primarily English-speaking Northwest and Southwest Regions. Now, they are resorting to any means necessary—including violence—to achieve their goals.

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  • Pham on Cameroon and Boko Haram

    African Herald Express quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on recent attacks by Boko Haram in Cameroon and whether Cameroon is prepared to counter Boko Haram's increasing presence in the country:

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  • Pham on US Troops in Cameroon

    Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham joins PBS to discuss President Obama's announcement to send troops to Cameroon to monitor Boko Haram:

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