"We strongly condemn the unprofessional and irresponsible use of firearms in the midst of unarmed civilians," writes the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) in its communiqué of 12 November. For the second time in a month, a child has been killed by police gunfire in Cameroon.
Both incidents happened in connection with road controls. They show how tense the situation is in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. The violence is linked to the conflict between the French-speaking Cameroonian central government and the Anglophone population in the west of the country. The dispute, which has been smouldering for decades, escalated in 2016 and has since claimed more and more victims among the civilian population.
Hundreds of thousands of people have already been displaced by the violence. Mission 21's work on the ground has focused on the most vulnerable people since the outbreak of the conflict. (► More information on our work in Cameroon). We are in constant contact with our partner organisations in Cameroon and continue our joint work even under the current very difficult conditions.
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