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Why has Biya not (yet) kept his promise to Cameroon’s Anglophone areas?

By Franck Foute

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Posted on June 24, 2021 07:37

Announced with great fanfare at the end of 2019, the presidential plan for the reconstruction of areas affected by the Anglophone crisis is stalling. The government blames the coronavirus pandemic but it is far from being the only cause…

Never before has Cameroon, once renowned for its stability, experienced such destructive conflict.

In the five years of armed battle in the Anglophone regions of the north-west and south-west, the damage to infrastructure and buildings is extensive.

In 2019, the government reported that at least:

  • 350 schools,
  • 115 health centres,
  • 40 bridges,
  • 400 water points,
  • 500 kilometres of low-voltage power lines,
  • 45 markets,
  • nearly 12,000 houses
  • and 100,000 hectares of plantations had to be rebuilt.

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