Boko Haram Kills 380 In Cameroon

Cameroon troops are part of a regional coalition fighting the militants.
Cameroon troops are part of a regional coalition fighting the militants.

Cameroon troops are part of a regional coalition fighting the militants.

In a report just released, Amnesty International says 380 civilians and dozens of soldiers have been killed by militant Islamist group Boko Haram this year in northern Cameroon while 80,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. Cameroon’s military and police have, in response, rounded up more than 1,000 people, mostly young men, the report says. Entitled “Cameroon’s human rights under fire”, the report says dozens of them have been killed or have died due to the inhumane prison conditions, especially in the town of Maroua. It said they have been enforced disappearances- 200 people have not been seen since they were arrested during a cordon and search operation in December. Amnesty believes Cameroon can learn lessons from mistakes made across the border in Nigeria where the military has long been accused of carrying out atrocities. It says the experience of Nigeria shows that failing to respect human rights and international humanitarian law in the fight against Boko Haram can have catastrophic effects. In one incident in northern Cameroon the human rights group says the security forces raided Koranic schools which they believed to be Boko Haram training camps. A group of 84 children and at least 43 men, including many teachers, were detained for six months without charge, it says.

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