Life Sentences Against Separatist Leaders Will Only Prolong Cameroon’s Crisis

Fighters from the Ambazonia Defense Forces, an Anglophone militia, at a camp in South West region, Cameroon, June 2018 (Photo by Emmanuel Freudenthal).
Fighters from the Ambazonia Defense Forces, an Anglophone militia, at a camp in South West region, Cameroon, June 2018 (Photo by Emmanuel Freudenthal).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. The separatist crisis in Cameroon deepened this week after a military tribunal handed down life sentences to the separatist movement’s leader and nine of his followers. As observers warned that the sentences would make it harder to bring the two-year conflict to an end, separatist militias launched reprisal attacks that killed at least two people and forced dozens more to flee their homes. The conflict has its roots in concerns within Cameroon’s minority English-speaking population that they have been historically marginalized by […]

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