Nearly 80 Children Abducted From A School In Cameroon.


Authorities say at least 78 children and their principal were kidnapped from a school by armed men in northwest Cameroon late Sunday night.
The children were taken from a Presbyterian school near the city of Bamenda, which is at the center of an Anglophone separatist movement.
On social media, a video purporting to show some of the students was released by a group of separatists called “Amba boys,” after Ambazonia, the name they have given the independent, Anglophone state they hope to establish, according to The Associated Press. The video reportedly shows some of the boys being forced to state their names and those of their parents.
The video has not been verified, but the AP reports some parents wrote on social media that they recognized their children.
“We shall only release you after the struggle. You will be going to school now here,” the men say, according to the news service.
In a statement, Amnesty International strongly condemned the kidnappings.
“The abduction of schoolchildren and teachers can never be justified,” said Samira Daoud, the organization’s deputy regional director for West and Central Africa. “Whoever is responsible must release and return the victims immediately. We express solidarity with the families of these children and demand that the Cameroon authorities do everything in their power to ensure all the pupils and school staff are freed unharmed.”
Most of Cameroon is French-speaking, while the country’s western portion is populated by English speakers. The Anglophone regions have frequently erupted into violence since late 2016, when a number of English-speaking lawyers protested that a newly passed law wasn’t translated from French. The demonstrations grew, with one particular source of ire being schools that are staffed by government-sent teachers with poor English.

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