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West African coast nation, southeast of Nigeria.
(WSJ, 1/2/98, p.8)
700 The empire
of Kanem began forming about this time under the nomadic
Tebu-speaking Kanembu and. spanned bits of Chad, Cameroon, southern
Libya, Niger and Nigeria. By the 15th century the intermarriage of
the Kanembu and Bornu peoples created a new people and language, the
1300-1400 In Cameroon the kingdom of Foumban began
in the 14th century.
(WSJ, 9/23/06, p.A1)
1885 May 19, German chancellor
Bismarck took possession of Cameroon & Togoland.
1915 Jun 11, British troops
took Cameroon in Africa.
1929 Brancis Bebey (d.2001),
composer, writer and performer, was born. He studied in the US and
France and worked for UNESCO. His work included the 1975 book
"African Music: A People’s Art," and the novel “The Ashanti Doll"
(1977), which was set in Ghana.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.D5)
1960 Jan 1, French Cameroon
(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)
1960 Apr 10, In the 1st
Cameroon national election the Cameroun Union Party, led by premier
Ahmadou Ahidjo, won 60 of 100 assembly seats.
(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)
1961 Feb 11-12, A UN plebiscite
resulted in the union of the southern part of British Cameroon with
the Republic of Cameroun.
(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)
1962 Mar 13, John F. Kennedy
met Cameroon President Ahmadou Ahidjo.
1963 The EU signed a trade deal
in Yaounde, Cameroon, to keep markets open to former European
colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands (ACP).
(Econ, 5/28/05, p.78)
1964 The Customs and Economic
Union of Central Africa, UDEAC from its name in French, was
established by the Brazzaville Treaty. Members included Cameroon,
the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo, and
1966 The Brazzaville Treaty
became effective after it was ratified by the five member countries:
Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo,
1970 The infant gorilla later
named King was captured about this time in Cameroon and shipped to
the US where he performed in Las Vegas and traveled with a
circus until age 10. He spent his next 20 years at Monkey Jungle in
Dade County, Fla.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A8)
1976 The Development Bank
of Central African States (BDEAC) was established and included six
members of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa:
Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial
Guinea and Gabon.
1984 In Cameroon Lake
Monoun exploded spewing out carbon dioxide gas that asphyxiated 37
people in a nearby villages. An int’l. team of scientists began
venting the lake in 2003.
1986 Aug 21, In Cameroon 1,746
people died when toxic gas, an invisible bubble of CO2, erupted
[seeped out] from a volcano under Lake Nyos. Venting of the lake
began in 2001.
(AP, 8/21/97)(WSJ, 11/17/97, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/99,
p.A6)(SC, 8/21/02)(AP, 2/15/03)
1989 In Cameroon
representatives of King Seidou Njimoluh Njoya, the 18th monarch of
the kingdom of Foumban, announced that Joseph Ngoupou (39) would
succeed his father as chief of the village of Koupa Ngagnou. Mr.
Ngoupou lived in Maryland and worked there as an engineer.
(WSJ, 9/23/06, p.A1)
1990 In Cameroon multi-party
politics was allowed for the first time.
(Econ, 3/1/08, p.50)
1992 The re-election of
Cameroon Pres. Paul Biya was boycotted by the opposition and
dismissed as bogus by int’l. observers.
(WSJ, 12/10/96, p.A22)
1994 Feb, Nigerian and Cameroon
forces clashed over the Bakassi region on the fishing and oil-rich
Gulf of Guinea.
(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)
1995 Dec, A jetliner crashed in
Douala, the largest city of Cameroon, and killed at least 72 of the
78 onboard the Boeing 737 on a flight from Benin.
(WSJ, 12/5/95, p.A-1)
1995 Commonwealth members
admitted Mozambique and Cameroon.
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.64)
1996 May 4, Nigerian and
Cameroon forces again clashed over the Bakassi region on the fishing
and oil-rich Gulf of Guinea.
(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)
1997 Nov 14, Cameroon Pres.
Paul Biya launched a campaign to fight millions of locusts in the
northern part of the country where crops were already decimated by
drought, animal and birds.
1997 Dec 21, In Yaounde,
Cameroon, Pius Njawe, the publisher of the leading opposition
newspaper Le Meesager, ran a story that Pres. Paul Biya suffered a
heart attack. On Dec 29 Njawe was reported to have been imprisoned
for the story.
1997 The Cameroon film
Clandestine (Clando) was made by Jean-Marie Teno.
(SFEM, 9/28/97, p.17)
1997 In Cameroon Eric Atangana,
sent to the country in 1994 by his French employers in connection
with a highway development project, was arrested. This was a little
after the detention of Titus Edzoa, a loyalist-turned-foe of Pres.
Paul Biya. Atangana was Edzoa’s campaign manager. Edzoa and Atangana
were released in late February, 2014.
1998 Feb 14, A train hauling
oil tanker cars derailed and collided with an oncoming train outside
Yaounde. It exploded and killed up to 100 people.
(SFEC, 2/15/98, p.A24)
1998 Sep 2, A new strain of
HIV-1 was reported by French researchers from a Cameroon woman who
died if AIDS in 1995.
(SFC, 9/1/98, p.A4)
1998 Sep 23, Transparency
Int’l, an int’l. good-government advocacy group, said that Cameroon
is viewed as the most corrupt of the 85 countries rated.
(WSJ, 9/23/98, p.B17)
1999 Mar 28, A volcanic
eruption caused violent quakes and sent lava down the slopes of
Mount Cameroon. No casualties were reported.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F8)(SFC, 4/19/99, p.A6)
1999 Apr 19, One of the annual
Goldman Environmental Prizes went to: Samuel Nguiffo, a Cameroon
lawyer, for his work in protecting rain forests and opposition to
the slaughter of chimpanzees and other rare wildlife.
(SFC, 4/19/99, p.A2)
2000 Jun 6, The World Bank
approved a $3.7 billion oil well and pipeline project led by Exxon
and Mobile to link oil fields in Chad across 663 miles to the
Atlantic coast of Cameroon.
(SFC, 6/7/00, p.A12)
2002 Jun 30, Cameroon held
parliamentary and municipal elections, one week after voting was
called off because of a lack of ballot papers.
2001 May, A plague of
caterpillars was devastating crops in the eastern and southern
provinces of Cameroon.
(SFC, 5/19/01, p.C9)
2002 Jun 23, Cameroon's
government halted parliamentary and municipal elections shortly
after they began Sunday, citing logistical problems.
2002 Oct 10, The United
Nations' highest judicial body ruled in favor of Cameroon in a
border dispute with Nigeria, giving it possession of an oil-rich
peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea.
2002 Oct 23, The Nigerian
government said it rejects a World Court ruling that granted
possession of a disputed oil-rich peninsula to neighboring Cameroon.
2002-2004 The Nigerian and Cameroon nations spent
two years exchanging small areas of territory along their land
border north of Bakassi until September 2004 when the peninsula
itself was first due to change hands. Nigeria cited "technical
difficulties" for missing that deadline, and after two years of
stalemate agreed at a meeting in the United Nations on June 12,
2006, to pull out within 60 days.
2003 Jan 26, In Cameroon an
overcrowded bus swerved into oncoming traffic on the nation's main
highway, sparking a five-car pileup that killed at least 70.
2003 Apr 19, Cameroon was
reported to have banned gorilla, chimpanzee and elephant meat from
its restaurants with prison terms and fines up to $16,000 for
violations. Extermination of the animals in a decade was feared if
hunting was not stopped.
(SFC, 4/19/03, p.B6)
2003 Jul 15, Chad began pumping
oil to Cameroon, part of a project to help alleviate crushing
poverty in the two countries. The 4.2 billion project was funded by
the World Bank on the condition that the oil money be used for
development. Pres. Idris Deby later diverted the money to the
general budget and for weapons.
(AP, 7/16/03)(SFC, 12/21/07, p.A31)
2003 Jul 21, In southwest
Cameroon water-logged hillsides gave way after a week of heavy rain,
killing at least 21 people.
2003 Oct 3, The first tanker
set off the Cameroon port of Kribi with crude oil from a massive
$3.7 billion, 665-mile pipeline from the landlocked nation of Chad.
2004 Jun 12, Central African
leaders of Chad and Cameroon officially opened the taps on one of
the largest private investments in sub-Saharan Africa, a 663-mile,
$3.7 billion pipeline snaking from Chad through virgin rain forests
to the Atlantic.
2004 Oct 11, Voters in Cameroon
elected Pres. Paul Biya (71) to another 7-year term amid allegations
2004 In Cameroon Operation
Epervier (Sparrowhawk), an anti-corruption campaign, was launched.
2004 In Cameroon Inoni Ephraim
began serving as prime minister and continued to 2009.
2005 Sep 16, The French civil
aviation authority DGAC said it has banned flights by Cameroon
Airlines for an indefinite period, citing safety concerns.
2005 Oct 15, Nigeria and
Cameroon discussed a new program for Nigeria to withdraw from the
disputed Bakassi peninsula, but failed to set a new deadline after
two days of talks in Abuja.
2006 Mar 12, The Cameroon
government announced its first case of bird flu, becoming the fourth
African country to be struck by the virus. New cases were also
reported in Poland and Greece.
2006 Mar 22, A ferry carrying
150 passengers sank off the coast of Cameroon, and 23 people were
rescued. The rest were feared dead. The ferry was bound for Gabon
from Nigeria with passengers from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the
(AP, 3/23/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)
2006 May 25, Researchers
confirmed that the human AIDS virus originated in a corner of
Cameroon in wild chimpanzees. The first known human to be infected
with HIV was a man from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(SFC, 5/26/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 5/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 23, In Cameroon a
truck carrying a load of sand slammed into a passenger bus, killing
at least 34 people.
2006 Jul 11, A survey,
sponsored by the German development agency GTZ, reported that breast
ironing, the use of hard or heated objects or other substances to
try to stunt breast growth in girls, is widespread in Cameroon. The
age-old practice was said to be traditional in West and Central
Africa, including Chad, Togo, Benin, Guinea-Conakry, just to name a
2006 Aug 12, Nigeria pulled
thousands of troops out of the Bakassi peninsula ahead of an August
12 UN deadline for a complete withdrawal, but many residents said
they would resist a handover to Cameroon.
2006 Aug 14, Nigeria formally
handed sovereignty over the potentially oil-rich Bakassi peninsula
to Cameroon after withdrawing its 3,000 troops in compliance with a
UN-brokered deadline. This ended a 13-year feud between Abuja and
Yaounde. Nigeria will maintain administrative control of southern
Bakassi for the next two years, after which the area will be in a
state of flux for another five years before it will be finally
handed over to Cameroon.
(AP, 8/13/06)(AFP, 8/14/06)
2006 Nov 23, In Cameroon the
African Union's 53 finance ministers, meeting in Yaounde, called for
debt cancellation from their creditors and increased aid packages.
2007 Jan 19, The EU said it has
donated an additional 3.95 million euros ($5 million) to support the
implementation of the Nigeria-Cameroon boundary demarcation project.
2007 Jan 31, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Cameroon to begin his second African tour to
boost ties with a continent that has many of the oil and commodity
reserves the Asian giant needs for its ballooning economy.
2007 Apr 26, Six central
African countries (Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Central African
Republic, Cameroon and Congo) plan to launch a common passport in
July, permitting the free movement of goods and people across their
2007 May 5, A Kenya Airways jet
with 114 people on board crashed after sending out a distress signal
over a remote rainforest in southern Cameroon. The Boeing 737-800
was carrying 114 people, including 105 passengers, from 23
countries. There were no survivors.
(AP, 5/5/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 Jul 22, Parliamentary and
municipal elections were held across Cameroon, with longtime
President Paul Biya's ruling party widely expected to dominate as it
has for decades.
2007 Jul 24, Cameroon President
Paul Biya's governing party won a crushing victory in weekend polls
as the opposition cried foul, saying the west African nation had not
staged fair elections in years.
2007 Nov 9, In Kumba, Cameroon,
one person died and five were injured after security forces fired on
a crowd protesting after a two-week-long power cut. Locals had taken
to the streets to protest the arrest of four high school students
following an earlier demonstration.
2007 Nov 12, An unknown armed
group killed 19 Cameroonian soldiers in Bakassi, a border region
handed back to Cameroon by Nigeria last year.
2007 Nov 14, AGRA, a foundation
set up in 2006 by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan to aid
African farmers, named agricultural expert Amos Namanga Ngongi from
Cameroon as its first president.
2008 Feb 26, In Cameroon the
death toll after a 2nd day of strike-related violence reached 8. A
taxi drivers' strike over rising fuel costs triggered widespread
rioting exacerbated by anger over the cost of food, high
unemployment and plans by President Paul Biya (75) to change the
constitution to extend his 25-year rule for a third term of 7 years.
Government ministers said around 25 to 40 people were killed,
although a human rights group put the toll at over 100.
(AP, 2/27/08)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.49)(Reuters,
2008 Jun 9, Militants attacked
an oil security vessel off the coast of Nigeria and seized eight
navy personnel and a local Cameroon official. 3 soldiers escaped. On
June 15 Cameroon military headquarters said authorities searching
for the six people found five mutilated and bullet-riddled bodies
buried in the mangroves.
(Reuters, 6/9/08)(Reuters, 6/16/08)
2008 Jun 29, In Cameroon prison
guards killed 16 inmates trying to escape from a jail in Douala, the
country's commercial capital. The overcrowded prison was built in
the 1930s to hold about 800 inmates, but has at least twice that
2008 Jul 24, Ten insurgents and
two Cameroonian soldiers were killed in a rebel attack in the
oil-rich Bakassi peninsula. The rebels, who call themselves the
Niger Delta Defense and Security Council, oppose Cameroon's
ownership of the West African peninsula, which is also claimed by
2008 Aug 14, Nigeria
relinquished control of the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon
despite fears the handover will provoke attacks from local armed
groups who oppose it.
2008 Aug 20, In Cameroon 9
inmates were electrocuted while trying to escape from prison.
(SFC, 8/21/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 31, Heavily-armed
pirates swarmed aboard an oil industry support vessel working off
the coast of Cameroon and kidnapped 10 of 15 crew members, including
six Frenchmen. A man claiming to represent a rebel group opposed to
Cameroon's takeover of the Bakassi Peninsula warned the hostages
would be killed unless Cameroonian officials agreed to reopen the
2008 Nov 5, A Cameroon militia
leader said one of the 10 hostages seized by a local militia off
Cameroon's coast last week was killed in a failed rescue attempt by
2008 Dec 7, Off the coast of
Cameroon at least three dozen people were missing and feared dead
after a ferryboat accident. It was transporting 43 people in West
Africa's Gulf of Guinea.
2008 Cameroon airline Camair
ceased trading. Yves Michel Fotso and Paul Gamo Hamani, two former
bosses of the airline were detained and placed under formal
investigation for embezzlement of public funds: Hamani in 2009 and
Fotso in 2010.
2009 Jan 29, An international
rights group said Cameroon's government is employing extrajudicial
killings and torture to crush political opponents, and such violence
may escalate as the global economic crisis deepens.
2009 Jan 30, In Libreville,
Gabon, leaders of the six Central African states (Cameroon, Chad,
Gabon, CAR, Congo, Equatorial Guinea), began meeting to discuss
closer economic ties, including the creation of a new regional
airline. The Economic and Monetary Union of Central Africa, known as
CEMAC, planned discussions on such issues as monetary reform and the
free movement of citizens.
2009 Mar 17, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Cameroon to start his first visit to Africa as pontiff.
Benedict, arriving in Africa, said that condoms "increase the
problem" of AIDS. The comment, made to reporters aboard his plane,
caused a worldwide firestorm of criticism.
2009 Jul 7, The Cameroonian
newspaper Le Jour said five Chinese workers were abducted off the
oil-rich Bakassi peninsula in Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.
2009 Aug 28, In Cameroon a
petroleum-loaded cargo train collided with another train in the
southwest of the capital Yaounde. 2 firefighters were killed when 4
petroleum tankers exploded.
2009 Aug 30, In Cameroon a
passenger train carrying about 1,000 people crashed in the northwest
of Yaounde. Nine people were killed in the crash and its aftermath.
2009 Sep 18, Paul Gilles Nanda
(52), a Cameroonian employee of the Development Bank of Central
African States (BDEAC), was jailed in the Republic Congo. He had
compiled a document to disclose bad management at the bank with
evidence to back it up. The Austrian daily Oberosterreichische
Nachrichten revealed at the end of August that the BDEAC had lost 11
billion CFA francs during an affair in which international financier
Bernard Madoff stole billions of dollars from thousands of
2010 Feb 23, In Myanmar a
Cameroon football player fled temporarily to the French embassy in
Yangon as he was being taken to court by police for allegedly
counterfeiting currency notes. He surrendered to police a short time
later could face life imprisonment.
2010 Mar 27, Pirates off the
coast of Cameroon’s Bakassi peninsula seized the MV Gull, a Ghanaian
ship, and kidnapped two sailors for ransom. Pirates took control of
the ship and kidnapped its captain and an officer on board once they
found nothing worth stealing. Pirates freed the two West African
sailors on March 31.
(AP, 3/30/10)(AFP, 3/31/10)
2010 May 16, About 20 armed
pirates boarded the MV North Spirit, a cargo ship carrying
fertilizer and soya beans, as it docked off Cameroon's commercial
capital of Douala. Pirates kidnapped two Russian sailors during the
2010 May 30, In Cameroon at
least 45 people died after a bus overturned in the West African
nation during an overnight journey.
2010 Sep 6, UNICEF said that
over 300 people have died in Cameroon from the country’s worst
outbreak of cholera in 20 years.
(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 12, In Cameroon six
hostages, four Ukrainians, a Croatian, and a Filipino, were
kidnapped by unidentified gunmen off the port city of Douala. On Sep
30 the hostages were freed following a secret operation by Cameroon
2010 Oct 19, The UN said that
377 people had died in flooding in central and west Africa, with
nearly 1.5 million people affected since the start of the rainy
season in June. The highest toll was in Nigeria with 118, followed
by Ghana (52), Sudan (50), Benin (43), Chad (24), Mauritania (21),
Burkina Faso (16), Cameroon (13), Gambia (12), with other countries
reporting less than 10 dead.
2010 Nov 10, In Cameroon 2
buses collided head-on in remote Ngoa village, killing at least 14
people in a ghastly nighttime crash.
2010 Nov 19, In the Republic of
Congo 8 countries signed a convention to limit the spread of weapons
in central Africa, but three countries opted out. Angola, Cameroon,
the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of
Congo, Gabon, The Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe all
signed. Burundi, Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda did not sign.
2011 Mar 18, In Nigeria sea
raiders carted away some $400,000 from Douala’s Pan-African Ecobank
killing 7 people. Two gunmen were arrested after the attack.
Cameroon’s army later said it killed 18 pirates suspected of the
robbery. Police in Cameroon later detained 4 navy officers and 5
civilians in connection with the robbery.
(SFC, 4/21/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar, In Cameroon Roger
Jean-Claude Mbede was arrested in connection with the text message
and convicted the following month under a law that imposes up to
five years in prison for homosexual acts. He received a three-year
sentence. Mbede (34) died on Jan 10, 2014, after his family removed
him from a hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a
2011 Aug 26, Cameroon
authorities charged four people aged 17 to 46 with homosexuality and
remanded them in custody. Homosexuality is outlawed in Cameroon and
those arrested risk five years in prison.
2011 Aug 27, Seven heavily
armed assailants boarded the Cameroonian ship Monica with 150 people
on board off the coast of Nigeria and took its captain hostage. The
others on board were released unharmed.
2011 Sep 29, In south Cameroon
armed men dressed as soldiers fired into the air and stopped traffic
in Douala, demanding the departure of long-serving President Paul
Biya ahead of a controversial poll. Bertin Kisob (36), head of the
Cameroonian People's Liberation Army (ALPC), soon claimed
responsibility for the action that left one person dead.
2011 Oct 1, Cameroon police
arrested 50 activists from the Southern Cameroons National Council
demonstrating in the city of Buea.
2011 Oct 2, Cameroon police
over the last two days arrested 126 protesters seeking independence
for English-speaking Cameroon.
2011 Oct 9, Cameroon voted in a
presidential election widely expected to take longtime leader Paul
Biya (78) into his fourth decade in power. Food and living costs
continued to spiral as unemployment reached a crushing 60%. The vote
was marked by widespread voter apathy, with Biya's reelection never
in doubt, but was also marred by the killings of two policemen and
an opposition official. On Oct 21 the Supreme Court said Biya was
reelected for a sixth term with about 78% of the votes.
(AP, 10/9/11)(AFP, 10/10/11)(AFP, 10/21/11)
2011 Oct 11, UNICEF, the UN
children's agency, warned that the west and central Africa region is
facing one of the worst cholera epidemics in its history, with over
85,000 cases reported leading to 2,466 deaths this year. The most
significant increases were in Chad, Cameroon, and in western
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2011 Oct 13, Ten Cameroonian
presidential candidates were reported to have filed requests with
the Supreme Court for the October 9 poll to be nullified over
2011 Oct 20, Cameroon's Supreme
Court rejected an opposition bid to annul this month's presidential
election, paving the way for the results to be published.
2011 Nov 11, Cameroon’s
National Anti-Corruption Commission (Conac) said in its first
report, since its creation by President Paul Biya in 2006, that 45
million euros ($62 million) had gone missing from the public works
ministry, the general treasury and the maize industry. Those
figures came from a investigation CONAC conducted in 2009.
(AFP, 11/11/11)(AFP, 4/17/12)
2011 Nov 22, A Cameroon court
sentenced three gay men, arrested in July, to five years
imprisonment and a fine, the heaviest sentence provided by local
law, which bans homosexuality.
2011 Nov 22, Cameroon and
Nigeria appealed for international funds to help mark the last 250
km (155 miles) of their disputed border that remains undecided.
2011 Dec 5, In Cameroon 15
people were killed and 40 were seriously injured in a bus crash in
2011 The population of Cameroon
was about 19.4 million.
2012 Feb 16, Wildlife activists
said poachers in Cameroon have slaughtered at least 200 elephants in
the past five weeks, where they are more dangerously endangered than
anywhere else on Earth.
2012 Feb 23, A Cameroon park
official said nearly 500 elephants have been killed in Bouba Ndjida
National Park in less than two months by poachers from Sudan and
2012 Apr 16, Cameroon police
arrested former PM Inoni Ephraim (2004-200) as part of an
investigation into corruption. Former minister Marafa Amidou Yaya
was also taken into custody in relation to alleged misuse of public
funds that had been meant for a presidential airplane, purchased at
great expense in 2004 and which turned out to have serious technical
2012 Jun 28, Cameroon and China
signed a large infrastructure deal that will see Beijing lend the
African country €368 million to build its first new motorway since
independence in 1960.
2012 Jul 26, The UN's food
agency said 10 Central African countries have agreed to take part in
a regional initiative to monitor the Congo Basin, one of the world's
largest primary rainforests. They included Burundi, Cameroon,
Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.
2012 Aug 27, In Nigeria 10
people were killed in floods in Adamawa state following the release
of water from a dam in Cameroon.
(SFC, 8/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 31, Cameroon’s
state-run broadcasting reported that at least 14 people are
confirmed dead and over 22,000 other affected by flood waters in the
Far-North and North Regions. Prolonged rainfall combined with the
release of water by the Lagdo hydroelectricity dam caused the Benoue
River to burst its banks into nearby residential areas.
2012 Nov 14, In Cameroon
security officers detained four environmental activists opposed to
the establishment of an oil palm plantation by Herakles Farms, a
2012 Dec 4, A top official of
the World Wide Fund for Nature said that despite armed guards,
Cameroon's dwindling elephant population is being decimated by
heavily armed gangs of international poachers.
2012 Dec 6, Nearly 2,000
Chadian refugees, who fled a 2008 civil war between rebels and
government forces into Cameroon, began leaving their camp to return
to their home country.
2012 Dec 17, A Cameroon appeals
court upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of
homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another man saying:
"I'm very much in love with you."
2013 Jan 6, The South African
presidency announced that is sending 400 army troops to Central
African Republic to help the country's army as it faces a threat
from a coalition of rebel groups. Neighboring countries Cameroon,
Gabon and Republic of Congo already have sent about 120 troops each
to help stabilize the country confronted by the rebellion.
2013 Jan 7, A Cameroon court
overturned the conviction of two men who were sentenced for five
years in prison for "looking gay" and ordering Bailey's Irish Cream.
The two men had already spent more than a year in jail where they
were subjected to abuse from guards and other prisoners.
2013 Feb 19, In Cameroon a
vacationing French family of seven was kidnapped and whisked toward
Nigeria. The family was freed after two months in captivity,
returning on April 19 to safety in Douala.
(AP, 2/20/13)(AP, 4/19/13)
2013 Mar 21, Human Rights Watch
and three local organizations released a report saying suspected
homosexuals in Cameroon have been tortured and raped in prison.
2013 Mar 25, Central African
Republic's President Francois Bozize fled to neighboring Cameroon,
as the rebels who overthrew him began squabbling who would now lead
the impoverished nation long wracked by rebellions.
2013 Apr 29, Cameroon’s Supreme
Court announced that the party of entrenched ruler Paul Biya won 56
of the 70 contested seats in the nation's first-ever senatorial
2013 Jun 24, Heads of state and
government leaders from 25 West and Central African countries along
the Gulf of Guinea met in Cameroon's capital to address escalating
piracy, trafficking and other illicit activities in the strategic
2013 Jul 12, In Cameroon Eric
Ohena Lembembe, a prominent gay rights activist, was last seen in
the capital, Yaounde.
(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A3)
2013 Jul 15, In Cameroon the
body of Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent gay rights activist, was
discovered at his home in the capital, Yaounde, after he was
unreachable for two days.
2013 Jul 23, A Cameroon court
found two men guilty under the country's harsh law banning gay sex,
continuing a string of recent convictions that has drawn
2013 Aug 19, Cameroonian police
official Felix Ndalle Ngando was killed by Seleka fighters
loyal to Central African Republic's new president. This soon
prompted Cameroon to shut its border with the CAR.
2013 Nov 6, Cameroonian author
Leonora Miano scooped France's Femina literary prize and used her
acceptance speech to denounce racist insults directed at the French
2013 Nov 13, Gunmen in Cameroon
kidnapped Georges Vandenbeusch, a French priest working in the
lawless northern region. Vandenbeusch was released on Dec 31.
(Reuters, 11/14/13)(AP, 12/31/13)
2014 Jan 2, A Cameroon security
official said 7 people, including two Cameroonian soldiers, have
been killed in an attack in the east by an armed group from the
Central African Republic.
2014 Jan 15, Civilians from the
Nigerian town of Banki fled across the border to Cameroon to escape
heavy gunfire. Cameroonian forces responded to repel Boko Haram
attackers who also tried to cross over. One woman in Cameroon was
killed and five other shooting victims were taken to hospitals.
2014 Feb 7, In Central African
Republic thousands of Muslims fled for their lives from Bangui, with
Christian crowds cheering as truckloads of Muslim families made
their way out of town. One man who fell off a truck was subsequently
killed and his body mutilated, highlighting the savagery faced by
those Muslims who stayed behind. A convoy of some 500 cars, trucks
and motorcycles was guarded by armed soldiers from Chad. The UN's
refugee agency said nearly 9,000 people, mainly Muslims, have fled
to Cameroon in just over a week to escape communal bloodshed in the
(AP, 2/7/14)(AFP, 2/7/14)
2014 Feb 21, The UN refugee
agency said around 28,000 people have fled from conflict-torn
Central African Republic to neighbouring Cameroon since the start of
2014 Apr 5, In northern
Cameroon two Italian priests and a Canadian nun working as
missionaries were abducted before dawn in their residences by two
armed groups. On June 1 the Vatican and Italy’s foreign ministry
said Gianantonio Allegri, Giampaolo Marta and Gilberte Bussier have
(AP, 4/5/14)(AP, 6/1/14)
2014 May 5, In Cameroon at
least one gendarme was killed during an attack by suspected Boko
Haram militants near the Nigerian border. Cameroon state television
reported that the army has freed 18 civilians seized in the
country's east last week by rebels from neighboring Central African
2014 May 16, Suspected Boko
Haram rebels from Nigeria attacked a Chinese work site near Waza in
northern Cameroon and at least 10 people were believed to have been
(Reuters, 5/17/14)(Econ, 7/26/14, p.43)
2014 May 17, France and five
African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria)
declared war on the Boko Haram extremist Islamic sect. West African
leaders met in Paris to improve cooperation in the fight against
Boko Haram and other militant groups.
(Reuters, 5/17/14)(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A5)
2014 May 23, The UN said nearly
30 children fleeing the war-ravaged Central African Republic have
died in just a month from starvation, exhaustion and exposure after
crossing into Cameroon.
2014 Jun 1, Cameroon state
radio said security forces have killed some 40 Boko Haram militants
in clashes in the country's far north, shortly after the release of
two Italian priests and a Canadian nun suspected to have been held
by the Islamist group.
2014 Jun 7, In Cameroon
suspected Boko Haram militants from Nigeria attacked a town in the
far north but local security forces fought them off, killing at
least 2 gunmen.
2014 Jun 8, Cameroon's soccer
players refused to board a plane due to take them to Brazil for the
World Cup because of disputes over bonuses.
2014 Jun 18, Cameroon lost to
Croatia 4-0 at the World Cup in Brazil. Germany’s Der Spiegel later
reported that the match was fixed according to Wilson Raj Perumal, a
convicted match-fixer. Perumal later denied the details of the
(Econ, 7/12/14, p.56)
2014 Jun 22, In Cameroon an
anti-poaching Cessna 172, flown by American Bill Fitzpatrick (59),
disappeared as he approached Douala on a flight from Kano, Nigeria.
Villagers stumbled on his remains in April 2015.
2014 Jun 24, Cameroon security
forces killed at least 10 suspected Boko Haram militants in three
clashes in the north of the country near its border with Nigeria.
2014 Jul 23, Cameroon, Chad,
Niger and Nigeria pledged to mobilize a joint force to tackle the
growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants
operating mainly in Nigeria.
2014 Jul 26, In Cameroon Boko
Haram, Nigeria's Islamist militant group, carried out two
cross-border attacks overnight, killing at least 4 soldiers at the
village of Bargaram and prompting the Cameroonian army to send
reinforcements to the area.
2014 Jul 27, In Cameroon Boko
Haram militants from Nigeria kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice
prime minister and killed at least 3 people in a cross-border attack
involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata.
2014 Aug 2, Health experts said
a cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon has killed at least 65
people and probably infected about 1,300 people over the last two
2014 Aug 6, In northern
Cameroon Boko Haram-linked militants killed 10 people including a
soldier in a remote town near the border with Nigeria.
2014 Aug 25, In northeast
Nigeria a Boko Haram attack on a border town forced thousands of
people to flee to Cameroon, in a fresh assault indicating the
militants' growing ability to strike at will. Some 480 Nigerian
soldiers also fled across the border, where they gave up their
weapons to Cameroonian authorities before returning to Nigeria.
(AFP, 8/25/14)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014 Aug 26, Cameroon's army
killed 27 members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists near the
northern town of Fotokol over the last two days.
2014 Aug 27, Cameroon's army
attacked the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, shelling one of
their camps across the border and reportedly killing "many"
2014 Sep 7, Cameroon's military
reportedly killed 100 Islamic militants who traveled from Nigeria to
attack Fotocol just across the border. The army fired mortars at the
extremists and pushed them back into Nigeria.
2014 Sep 18, In Cameroon
militants launched an assault in the village of Assighassia near the
city of Mokolo. The army responded and two of the militants were
killed and a Cameroonian soldier injured.
2014 Sep 19, In Cameroon 4
civilians were killed in the remote north in a cross-border attack
by Boko Haram militants in the village of Ganse.
2014 Oct 11, Cameroon
authorities said 27 hostages seized by militant group Boko Haram in
May and July have been released, including 10 Chinese workers and
the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister.
2014 Oct 16, Cameroon’s army
killed 107 Boko Haram fighters over the last 24 hours as at least 30
civilians were murdered by the guerrilla group, which fled back over
the border to Nigeria.
2014 Oct 24, Cameroonian troops
killed 39 Boko Haram fighters in clashes with the Islamists, who
were carrying out three raids in Glawi near the border with Nigeria.
4 Nigerian refugees were also killed.
2014 Nov 25, A Cameroonian army
operation freed 16 hostages, including Polish Catholic priest
Mateusz Dziedzic, who were abducted by rebels from Central African
Republic last month.
2014 Nov 27, Cameroonian
authorities freed General Abdoulaye Miskine, a rebel leader from
Central African Republic, two days after a group of 26 hostages
including a Polish Catholic priest were released by his faction.
2014 Dec 17, Cameroon army
troops reportedly killed 116 Nigerian fighters from the Islamist
Boko Haram group at its northern army base in Amchide on the border
2014 Dec 28, In northern
Cameroon some 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria
attacked five towns over the weekend and briefly occupied a military
camp today before being removed by the air force.
2014 Dec 29, Cameroon's
government launched its first ever air strikes against Nigerian
Islamic extremists to dislodge about 1,000 fighters who had seized a
Cameroonian military base.
2014 Dec, In Cameroon 25 Boko
Haram suspects were found dead in their cell one day after being
2014 Dec, Cameroonian forces
arrested 84 children along with 43 men in the northern town of
Guirvidig, accusing the teachers of using the schools "as fronts for
Boko Haram training camps. In June 2015 Amnesty Int’l. said the
children were still being held and called for their immediate
2015 Jan 12, Cameroonian
soldiers killed at least 143 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamist
militant group attacked a military base along the Nigerian border.
2015 Jan 17, Chad sent troops,
about 400 military vehicles including tanks and armored vehicles,
and several attack helicopters to Cameroon and Nigeria to aid in the
fight against the Islamist militants. It was reported that Cameroon,
Chad and Niger have launched a regional bid to combat the Boko Haram
Islamists. In Chad tens of thousands marched in the capital to show
support for the fight against Boko Haram chanting in French and
Arabic: "Kick the forces of evil out of our territory."
(AFP, 1/17/15)(AP, 1/18/15)
2015 Jan 18, In northern
Cameroon Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria kidnapped at least 60
people during an attack on Mabass village. A number of people were
killed. Some of the hostages escaped and 30 were freed following a
gun fight between Boko Haram and the Cameroon military.
(AFP, 1/18/15)(AP, 1/18/15)(AP, 1/19/15)
2015 Jan 21, Cameroon said
Nitsch Eberhard Robert, a German kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamist
militants in northern Nigeria's Adamawa State last July 16, has been
released following an operation by the Cameroon military and its
2015 Jan 30, In northern
Cameroon 3 soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when
the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent over the last
24 hours near the border town of Fotokol.
2015 Feb 4, Cameroon's army
killed at least 50 Boko Haram insurgents and lost six of its own
soldiers in clashes with the Nigerian Islamist group in the border
town of Fotokol. Boko Haram fighters went on a rampage in Fotokol,
massacring civilians and torching a mosque before being repelled by
(Reuters, 2/4/15)(AFP, 2/4/15)
2015 Feb 5, In Cameroon Boko
Haram fighters continued their attack on Fotokol, leaving nearly 100
people dead and some 500 wounded. Cameroonian soldiers assisted by
Chadian forces chased hundreds of Boko Haram fighters out of
2015 Feb 8, Nigeria's Boko
Haram Islamic extremists abducted about 30 people including eight
Cameroonian girls and killed 7 hostages in two bus hijackings in
Cameroon and Nigeria.
2015 Feb 16, Nigerian Boko
Haram insurgents attacked a Cameroon military camp near the town of
Waza in the north of the country, wounding several soldiers.
2015 Feb 28, In Cameroon
thousands of youths marched through the capital Yaounde to show
support for the military's battle against attacks by neighboring
Nigeria's Islamic extremists.
2015 Mar 13, Cameroonian troops
began attacking Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremists near the
Nigerian village of Ndaba, killing several of the militants over the
next 24 hours and destroying some of their equipment.
2015 Mar 19, In Cameroon 30
heavily armed fighters seized a bus in Babio, just miles (km) from
the border, which was carrying people returning from a burial. The
assailants drove the bus back into Central African Republic. At
least 15 people, including a mayor and local government officials,
(AP, 3/21/15)(Reuters, 3/21/15)
2015 Mar 28, Residents of
eastern Cameroon killed several suspected fighters from a Central
African Republic rebel group who were trying to carry out a
large-scale kidnapping near the border town of Garoua-Boulai.
2015 Apr 16, In Cameroon Boko
Haram militants killed 19 people in attacks on two villages on the
northern border with Nigeria. Most of the victims were beheaded.
(AP, 4/17/15)(AFP, 4/18/15)
Subject = Cameroon
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