Nigeria Is Being Dragged Into Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis. How Will It Respond?

Cameroon gendarmes march in to occupy Archibong, on the then-disputed Bakassi peninsula, Cameroon, Aug. 14, 2006 (AP photo by George Osodi).
Cameroon gendarmes march in to occupy Archibong, on the then-disputed Bakassi peninsula, Cameroon, Aug. 14, 2006 (AP photo by George Osodi).
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In late 2016, when lawyers and teachers began organizing demonstrations against the perceived marginalization of Cameroon’s English-speaking population, one of the most significant questions was whether their discontent would translate into a broader anti-government movement that could mobilize French-speakers as well. More than a year later, the answer appears to be no, or at least not yet. While the crisis has intensified, it remains concentrated in the two western Anglophone regions, which are home to a fifth of the Central African nation’s 22 million people. It has failed to spread east to threaten the capital, Yaounde, and the regime of […]

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