On Wednesday, 11 university students left wounded due to a homemade bomb that got thrown through the rooftop of a lecture hall. the vice-chancellor said, in an English-speaking region of Cameroon in the grip of a bloody separatist conflict.
“The device fell to the ground and exploded” University of Buea vice-chancellor Horace Ngomo Manga said. The wounded students are in a stable condition. Buea is the capital of Cameroon’s Southwest region. Both the Southwest and Northwest regions are mainly English-speaking in the otherwise predominantly French-speaking central African country.
A decades-long campaign by militants to redress perceived discrimination at the hands of the francophone majority flared into a declaration of independence on October 1, 2017, sparking a crackdown by security forces.
The conflict has claimed more than 3,500 lives and forced 700,000 people to flee their homes, according to NGO estimates that have not been updated in more than a year despite an escalation in violence in recent months. The United Nations and international organizations regularly denounce abuses and crimes committed against civilians by both sides.