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4 armed men executed for killing children in a public square in Cameroon


The Cameroonian Ministry of Defense announced the execution of four separatists in a public square, after they were convicted of killing seven students last year, and the military court convicted four of the 10 defendants, who were among dozens of gunmen who killed students aged between 9 and 12, when they stormed the Kumba School in the south of the country on motorbikes. The past is in an English-speaking region suffering from a bloody conflict between the army and separatists, French media reported.

 

It is noteworthy that a number of death sentences were issued in the midst of the separatist conflict that has been raging in the English-speaking regions for four years, but no executions have been carried out in the country for more than 20 years.

 

Bloody battles are taking place in the southwest and northwest, where the English-speaking minority live in a country where the majority of the population speaks French.

 

It is noteworthy that, the United Nations announced that 32 people were killed and 74 others wounded in the far north of Cameroon, in clashes that broke out last week between fishermen and shepherds, during which entire villages were burned, according to the "Russia Today" network.

"A total of 19 villages were burned" in the clashes that took place in the Logone-Berne region near the border with Chad, which left 32 dead and 74 wounded, the UNHCR said in a statement.


Last week, the local authorities reported an initial toll of 12 deaths and 48 injuries in those clashes.


Clashes erupted between Shawa Arab shepherds and Musgom fishermen, due to differences between the two parties over fisheries and agricultural resources.


According to the United Nations, "the most dangerous similar event that occurred in the past dates back to 2019, and that day caused the death of one person."


"In Cameroon, local authorities in the far north are working to restore calm and provide assistance to the victims," ​​the UN statement said.


For his part, Midjiawa Bakari, the governor of the Far North region, expressed his regret that the clashes "erupted for a trivial reason," noting that "an incident between two people turned into clashes between the two ethnicities."


A local official in the Logone-Berne region told AFP that the violence included attacks with machetes, knives and arrows.


The clashes forced 11,000 people on both sides to cross the border near their villages in search of a safe haven in neighboring Chad.


Iris Blume, deputy representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Chad, told AFP that 85 percent of these refugees are women and children.


In addition to these refugees, there are about 7,300 people who have been displaced from their homes to areas within the Cameroonian border.


The United Nations warned that these "new arrivals to Chad are in dire need of shelter, especially during this period of the rainy season."


"Many of them are sleeping under trees, while others have found shelter in schools or with host families," the statement added.


Bloody ethnic clashes rarely occur in Cameroon, unlike the situation in neighboring countries, especially in Chad, where on August 7, at least 22 people were killed in clashes between farmers and nomadic herders.

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