Cameroon’s Cardinal Christian Tumi says a violently enforced schools boycott is tuning the population against separatists in the country’s Anglophone regions.
On Feb. 6, gunmen struck in a school in Elak Oku in Cameroon’s North West region, taking four children away. The children have since been released, but the attack once more demonstrates just how difficult it is for children in Cameroon’s English-speaking North West and South West regions to pursue education.
Separatists had made a school boycott the cornerstone of their fight for independence from the French-speaking majority nation. For the past four years, the rebels have been attacking schools, kidnapping students and teachers, and even committing murder as a way of enforcing the school ban.