The African Cup of Nations (CAN) is intended to be a festive and unifying moment for all of Africa. Yet Cameroon, the host country of this 33e edition, remains shaken by various security crises: an English-speaking separatist movement is rife in the North-West and South-West regions, while the Far North is experiencing regular and deadly incursions by jihadists from Boko Haram.
In Cameroon, if the CAN has been well launched since January 9, internal insecurity has not weakened. On the night of January 12 to 13, reports theagence Anatolia, several armed fighters from the Boko Haram group attacked a military post in the far north of Cameroon, killing at least one soldier and injuring nine others. As a reminder, the Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram began in Nigeria in 2009 before spreading to the countries of the Lake Chad basin, including Cameroon.
Another major incident: Cameroon news indicates that on January 12 the Mali team had to stop training at the Molyko stadium in the city of Buea, after gunfire broke out, injuring at least five people. Buea is the regional capital of the South-West, an area that experiences an intense and continuous separatist conflict, known as the “Anglophone crisis”.
That same January 12, it was a Cameroonian senator, Henry Kemende Gamsey, who was assassinated by armed men, reports Cameroon Info. The latter burst into his home in Bamenda, capital of the North West, one of the two predominantly English-speaking regions in the grip of the conflict (in the rest of the country, French-speakers are in the majority).
Elected Senator in 2018, Senator Henry Kemende