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Cameroon military bleeding from war against separatists

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The Government of Cameroon says the number of security forces killed in the fight against separatists in the two English-speaking regions of the country has increased in recent weeks.

Speaking to parliament last week, the Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said at least 120 security officers have been killed in the Anglophone regions by separatists while several others have been kidnapped.

He read out the names of the security forces killed which indicated an increase from the 84 which the Prime Minister, Head of Government Philemon Yang had confirmed in a document last week while unveiling an emergency humanitarian assistance plan last week.

Government officials have already started contributing to the 12.7 billion plan which is aimed at assisting victims of the war in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.

The Government of Cameroon says 74,000 persons have been internally displaced by the crisis though the United Nations figure are even higher at 161.000 most of them school children. At least 21.000 Cameroonians have been registered in Nigeria as refugees fleeing from the conflict.

A recent report two weeks ago by Amnesty International accused both Cameroon security forces and separatists for committing atrocities as civilians are most often caught in the violence.


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