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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.
1916 Cameroon was a German
colony until this year, when British and French troops forced the
Germans out. The two countries divided it into separate spheres of
influence that were later formalized by the League of Nations, the
forerunner to the UN.
1919 Britain and France divided
Cameroon between themselves having taken it from Germany.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.48)
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, A UN plebiscite
resulted in the union of the southern part of British Cameroon with
the Republic of Cameroun. By the end of 1963, the Foncha-led
government made public its plan to dedicate the plebiscite day to
its youth. This implied that October 26 will become obsolete, and
that the Youth Day would henceforth be on February 11.
(EWH, 1st ed.,
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
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A8)
1972 Cameroon President Ahmadou
Ahidjo declared an end to federalism, erasing regional autonomy
completely. Cameroon became one state.
(Reuters, 2/8/18)(AFP, 9/29/18)
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.
1982 Cameroon Pres. Paul Biya
centralized authority further when he came to power. He removed the
second star from the national flag which represented Anglophone
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.
(SFC, 11/15/97, p.A20)
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.
(SFC, 12/30/97, p.B2)
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 an 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)
2015 Jul 12, In northern
Cameroon at least a dozen civilians and a Chadian soldier were
killed in two suicide attacks by suspected Boko Haram females in
burkas in the town of Fotokol.
2015 Jul 15, A Cameroon
governor said the country's north has banned women from wearing
burkas and face-covering veils in response to the July 12 attacks
that left 14 dead. The Far North Region also banned Muslims from
meeting in large groups without permission.
2015 Jul 22, In Cameroon twin
suicide bombings by two young girls killed at least 22 people in a
market in Maroua. Boko Haram was blamed.
(AP, 7/23/15)(AFP, 7/24/15)(SFC, 7/24/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 23, In Cameroon the
governor of the East Region chaired a security meeting that included
Muslim clerics where he "announced the ban of a full veil or burqa.
2015 Jul 25, In northern
Cameroon a 12-year-old girl blew herself, killing at least 20 people
and wounding 79 others this evening in the Pont Vert neighborhood in
(AP, 7/25/15)(AFP, 7/27/15)
2015 Jul 26, In Cameroon 3
villagers were beheaded during a raid in Cameroon by Boko Haram
jihadist fighters from neighboring Nigeria.
2015 Jul 30, Nigeria's Pres.
Muhammadu Buhari headed home after meeting with his Cameroon
counterpart for two days of talks focused around the threat posed by
2015 Aug 3, In northern
Cameroon suspected Boko Haram fighters disguised as refugees with
explosives hidden in their luggage were arrested at a camp.
2015 Aug 4, Cameroon said it
has expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against
Nigeria's Islamic extremists who have launched attacks across
borders. 9 people were killed and about 50 others were believed
kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on
Tchakarmari village near the northern border. Dozens of children and
teenagers who were thought to have been kidnapped by Islamic
extremists returned home on August 6 after having avoided being
(AP, 8/4/15)(Reuters, 8/4/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)(AP,
2015 Aug 11, A Cameroon
officials said the military has freed 72 people, including children,
held illegally in the north for periods ranging from eight months to
four years. A troop commander said 10 suspected Boko Haram fighters,
who had entered the town of Ashigashia, were killed as
reinforcements arrived to back local soldiers.
(AP, 8/11/15)(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 14, Cameroon's
president vowed to send 2,450 troops to join a regional army to
fight Nigeria-based Boko Haram, nearly tripling his initial pledge.
Boko Haram was estimated to have some 6,000 fighters.
(AP, 8/15/15)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.45)
2015 Aug, Cameroon banned the
wearing of the burqa in its northern-most region following
suicide-bombings by people clad in burqas.
(Econ, 2/13/15, p.40)
2015 Sep 3, In northern
Cameroon least 30 people were killed in two successive suicide
2015 Sep 13, In northern
Cameroon two suicide bombers killed 7 people in twin attacks
Kolofata near the border with Nigeria.
2015 Sep 20, In northern
Cameroon two young suicide bombers killed 3 people in the town of
2015 Oct 11, In northern
Cameroon twin blasts by female suicide bombers killed at least 9
people in Kangaleri village.
2015 Oct 14, US President
Barack Obama informed Congress that he will deploy up to 300
military personnel to Cameroon for intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance operations against militant Boko Haram insurgents.
2015 Oct 21, In Cameroon 8
villagers in the village of Doulo were killed and nine injured in a
raid by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram that was followed by a
gun battle between militants and security forces.
2015 Oct 23, In northern
Cameroon Boko Haram Islamists seized control of Kerawa, a town in on
the border with Nigeria. An unspecified number of civilians were
killed in the assault.
2015 Nov 21, In the Far North
region of Cameroon a suicide attack by suspected members of Nigerian
Islamist militants group Boko Haram killed at least 10 people over
the border from Nigeria. 4 teenage, female suicide bombers blew
themselves up near Fotokol killing 5 civilians including a
(Reuters, 11/21/15)(AFP, 11/21/15)
2015 Nov 28, In northern
Cameroon 2 female suicide bombers detonated their explosives,
killing at least 5 people and injuring 12 others in the town of
2015 Nov 29, Cameroon
reportedly ended a 3-day operation against Nigeria's Boko Haram
Islamists, killing around 100 fighters and freeing 900 hostages.
2015 Nov 30, Cameroonian troops
crossed into Nigeria and killed about 150 people near the Banki
border post according to refugees who walked for days to Adamawa’s
Fufore transit center. Cameroon’s government denied the charges.
(SFC, 12/9/15, p.A5)
2015 Dec 11, Cameroon said a
suicide bomber has killed 7 people and wounded 27 in its Far North
2015 Dec 14, Cameroon security
forces armed with guns and arrows killed two young women wearing
explosive vests in the northern town of Kolofata, the second raid
there in days by suspected Boko Haram militants from neighboring
2015 Dec 20, Cameroonian troops
killed at least 70 residents while chasing Islamic insurgents in the
Gwoza area of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria.
2015 Dec 28, In northern
Cameroon two female suicide bombers blew themselves up while trying
to carry out attacks for Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
2016 Jan 13, In northern
Cameroon a suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers at a mosque in
Kouyape village, in an area regularly targeted by Nigeria's Boko
2016 Jan 18, In northern
Cameroon 4 worshippers were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque
in the village of Nguetchewe, Far North region.
2016 Jan 25, In Cameroon 4
suicide bombers killed at least 35 people in a village in the Far
North region, the most deadly in a string of recent attacks in an
area beset by violence connected to Islamist militant group Boko
(Reuters, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/25/16)(SFC, 1/26/16,
2016 Jan 28, In northern
Cameroon 2 suicide bombers died when they targeted a school in the
town of Kerawa.
2016 Feb 10, In northern
Cameroon at least 6 people were killed and 30 injured by two
Islamist suicide bombers at a Muslim funeral gathering in
2016 Feb 11, Cameroon soldiers
killed at least 27 Boko Haram fighters after launching a
cross-border operation in the Nigerian locality of Goshi that also
resulted in the death of one soldier.
2016 Feb 14, Cameroon ended a
four day operation during which its special forces reportedly killed
162 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's northeastern town of Goshi,
destroying bomb factories and weapons to retake the extremist
2016 Feb 19, In northern
Cameroon two suicide bombers killed at least 19 people and injured
50 others in a market in Meme.
2016 Feb 27, The commander of
Cameroonian forces said Cameroonian and Nigerian forces have freed
several hundred hostages in a border town held by Boko Haram
including young girls who were being trained as suicide bombers.
2016 Mar 26, Cameroon
authorities said a teenager who surrendered before carrying out a
suicide bombing attack in the north has said she was one of the 276
girls abducted from a Nigerian boarding school by Islamic extremists
nearly two years ago.
2016 Mar 31, Cameroon’s
military said it has launched a new operation to rid the country of
Boko Haram militants "once and for all" and soldiers are prepared to
storm one of the group's remaining strongholds in Nigeria.
2016 May 3, Authorities in
northern Cameroon said a local self-defense group used a poisoned
arrow to kill a woman with explosives strapped to her body. The
woman had crossed over from neighboring Nigeria along with a girl
(14), who girl also died when she detonated her own explosives.
2016 May 14, Cameroon's
government said multinational joint forces fighting Boko Haram have
arrested five leaders of the extremist group earlier this month and
freed 28 children along with at least 18 women.
2016 May 16, The UN said more
than nine million people in the Lake Chad region are in desperate
need of food aid as the violent insurgency continues being waged
there by Boko Haram. Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger have
significantly weakened Boko Haram but have been unable to vanquish
the Islamists entirely.
2016 Jun 22, Cameroon’s
parliament voted to change the country’s penal code to criminalize
adultery for men. The Senate and Pres. Paul Biya, who proposed the
revision, were expected to endorse the change.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 29, In Cameroon a
young male suicide bomber belonging to Nigerian jihadist group Boko
Haram killed at least 11 people when he blew himself up close to a
mosque near the Nigerian border.
2016 Jul 12, The Cameroon-based
NGO Support Service for Local Development Initiatives (SAILD) warned
that a rise in Chinese companies operating in Cameroon’s timber
sector, combined with weak law enforcement, have fueled a surge in
illegal logging that is fast depleting the nation's forests.
2016 Jul 12, Human Rights Watch
urged an end to "forced anal examinations" with a report documenting
them in eight countries, mostly in Africa, saying the practice is
based on flawed ideas about supposedly proving homosexual conduct.
The report drew on interviews with 32 men and transgender women
subjected to the exams in eight countries that ban same-sex conduct:
Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda and
2016 Jul 14, Amnesty
International said authorities in Cameroon have arbitrarily arrested
more than 1,000 people as part of their fight against Islamist
militant group Boko Haram and dozens have died of disease or been
tortured to death.
2016 Jul 17, Cameroon said 11
hostages were freed following 16 months of captivity, after having
been abducted by a militia group from the Central African Republic.
Two hostages died while in captivity.
2016 Oct 21, In Cameroon an
overloaded train derailed killing at least 79 people. More than 600
(AP, 10/22/16)(AFP, 10/24/16)
2016 Oct, In Cameroon English
speaking lawyers took to the streets demanding English translations
of the country’s key legal texts and better treatment by the
authorities. English speakers numbered less than a fifth of the
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.48)
2016 Nov 21, An attack by
Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists against a Lake Chad army base manned
by an anti-insurgent regional force left six Cameroonian soldiers
2016 Nov 24, In Cameroon two
young female suicide bombers attacked Mora town in the Far North
region, the fourth strike near the Nigerian border by suspected Boko
Haram militants this week. Both girls were killed.
2016 Dec 24, In Cameroon a
suicide bomber in the northern town of Mora killed a young student
and a woman in an attack on a market full of Christmas shoppers.
2017 Jan 5, The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said women in the Lake Chad basin,
where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, have
been forced to sell sex to survive due to an insurgency by Boko
Haram fighters that has driven millions from their homes and left
children to starve.
2017 Jan 10, Cameroon’s
government said its troops have in recent weeks killed some 100 Boko
Haram fighters and freed "hundreds of hostages" held by the group.
2017 Jan 11, In Cameroon four
young suicide bombers were killed in the restive Far North province,
located just across the border from the epicenter of Boko Haram's
insurgency in Nigeria.
2017 Jan 31, In Cameroon an
armed group attacked a UN technical team working along the border
between Nigeria and Cameroon, killing five people and wounding
several near the border town of Kontcha.
2017 Feb 23, UN aid agencies
and donor countries gathered in Oslo for a two-day meeting to raise
emergency aid for millions of people threatened by famine in the
Lake Chad region, which comprises northeast Nigeria, northern
Cameroon, western Chad and southeast Niger.
2017 Feb 24, In Norway fourteen
donor countries, with the US conspicuously absent, pledged $672
million in emergency aid for people threatened by famine after eight
years of Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad region, but the sum is
just a fraction of what the UN says is needed.
2017 Mar 15, Cameroon said
regional forces had rescued the hostages, who were held in villages
by the jihadist group, in an operation along the Nigeria-Cameroon
border. On March 17 a man purporting to be Abubakar Shekau, the
leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, denied in a
posted video that 5,000 people held by the group had been freed by
West African forces earlier in the week.
2017 Mar 21, The UN said more
than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko
Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the
2017 Jun 1, In northern
Cameroon two young girl suicide bombers detonated their explosives
in the village of Djakana, lightly injuring two members of a local
civilian self-defense force.
2017 Jun 2, In northern
Cameroon two suicide bombers killed nine other people and wounded 30
near a camp in Kolofata housing civilians displaced by Nigeria's
Boko Haram militants.
2017 Jul 1, In northern
Cameroon one civilian was killed and two others injured when four
female bombers blew themselves up in Mora, an area regularly
targeted by Boko Haram jihadists.
2017 Jul 12, In northern
Cameroon at least 15 people were killed after two female suicide
bombers carried out a suicide attack in Waza. Some young women who
escaped Boko Haram have said girls are drugged and forced to carry
out suicide missions.
2017 Jul 16, A Cameroon
military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast. Three
soldiers were rescued and 34 people declared missing.
(SFC, 7/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 20, Amnesty said it
had unearthed 101 cases of secret detention and documented at least
24 different types of torture at more than 20 different sites in
Cameroon between 2013 and 2017.
2017 Aug 5, In northern
Cameroon a suicide bomb attack killed eight people at the village of
Ouro-Kessoum, two km from the Nigerian border.
2017 Aug 25, In northern
Cameroon suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 11 people
and kidnapped eight others in an overnight raid on Gakara village
near the Nigerian border.
2017 Sep 1, In Cameroon dozens
of activists from the English-speaking community were freed from
jail as the mainly French-speaking nation's president moved to ease
months of tension in its minority regions. On Aug 30 President Paul
Biya ordered a military court to drop its prosecution of the
detainees, who were arrested following protests launched late last
year by anglophones demanding equal treatment.
2017 Sep 6, Cameroon officials
said crop-eating armyworms have attacked nearly 37,000 hectares of
maize, accentuating an already dire humanitarian crisis provoked by
the Islamist militant group Boko Haram's cross-border insurgency.
2017 Sep 7, A study by wildlife
trade monitoring network Traffic said weak governance, corruption
and shifting trade dynamics are seriously undermining efforts to
control ivory trafficking throughout Cameroon, the Central African
Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2017 Sep 27, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) said Cameroon has broken international law by forcibly
deporting at least 100,000 Nigerians who had fled there to escape
Islamist Boko Haram militants. HRW said the expulsions reported
since 2015 were one of the largest illegal forced repatriations it
had seen in recent years, and were in "flagrant breach" of global
and Cameroonian law.
2017 Oct 1, Cameroonian
soldiers killed six people and wounded six others in the town of
Kumbo during protests by activists of the Ambazonia separatist
movement calling for independence for English-speaking regions. The
dead included five prisoners who were shot after a fire broke out at
the town's jail. At least a dozen people were killed in the
English-speaking northwest and southwest regions, some shot by
military helicopters, while at least 40 others were arrested
(Reuters, 10/1/17)(AP, 10/2/17)
2017 Oct 13, Cameroon said it
has opened a probe into recent deadly violence linked to a symbolic
declaration of independence in the west African nation's
English-speaking region. 14 people died in violence ahead of the
symbolic October 1 declaration of independence of Ambazonia, the
name of the state that separatists want to create. Amnesty
International said that "at least 500 people remained detained.
2017 Oct 25, Cameroon blasted
the International Crisis Group (ICG) as an "agency of
destabilization" after the thinktank warned an armed insurgency
could erupt in the country's restive anglophone regions.
2017 Oct 29, In northern
Cameroon suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 villagers
late today. Army and local officials said this was revenge for
attacks by Cameroon's army.
2017 Nov 8, In Cameroon
Anglophone secessionists killed at least two gendarmes, signaling an
escalation in their protracted dispute with the central government.
2017 Nov 11, Cameroon’s
government said separatists from the Anglophone region have killed
four security forces in several attacks over the past few days.
2017 Nov 28, In Cameroon
militants seeking independence for English-speaking regions carried
out a raid late in the town of Mamfe, near the border with Nigeria
in the Southwest Region, in which four soldiers were killed.
2017 Nov 29, In Cameroon two
police officers were killed by militants seeking independence for
English-speaking regions in the town of Out in the Southwest Region.
2017 Dec 8, Cameroon officials
said seven people died overnight during a botched raid by presumed
separatists on a police station in a restive a restive
2017 Dec 22, Cameroonian
reporter Ahmed Abba, a correspondent with Radio France International
(RFI), was released from jail after 29 months in detention. A
military tribunal in April sentenced Abba to 10 years in prison and
fined him the equivalent of about 85,000 euros ($100,000) for
"laundering the proceeds of terrorist acts" and "failure to denounce
acts of terrorism". A day earlier a military court acquitted on the
first charge and upheld the second, handing him a 24-month sentence.
2017 Dec 27, Cameroon released
New York Stony Brook University literature Professor Patrice Nganang
(37). He had been held in the Central African nation since early
this month for writing an article that criticized the government.
2017 Dec 27, Cameroon arrested
38 heavily-armed men on the border with Equatorial Guinea. On Jan. 3
Equatorial Guinea said it had thwarted "a coup" in late December
mounted by mercenaries who sought to attack President Teodoro Obiang
Nguema, Africa's longest-serving leader.
2018 Jan 5, In Nigeria Julius
Ayuk Tabe, the Nigeria-based chairman of the Governing Council of
Ambazonia, a Cameroon separatist movement, was taken into custody in
Abuja along with six aides.
2018 Jan 9, Nigeria’s military
said troops from Nigeria and neighboring countries have launched
major offensives against the two Boko Haram factions and their
leaders. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria were
targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur, on
and around Lake Chad, both in Borno state.
2018 Jan 11, The United Nations
refugee agency and Nigerian government officials said more than
15,000 Cameroonian refugees have fled to Nigeria amid a crackdown on
2018 Jan 25, Local aid
officials said more than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees
to Nigeria to escape a crackdown by the government on Anglophone
2018 Jan 30, Cameroonian troops
crossed into neighboring Nigeria in pursuit of separatist rebels.
More than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees to Nigeria to
escape the government crackdown on the separatists.
2018 Jan 31, The UN refugee
agency appealed for $157 million (126 million euros) to help over a
quarter of a million people affected by the insurgency led by the
militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Since 2013, the Boko Haram
conflict has internally displaced another 2.4 million people in
northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
2018 Feb 1, In Cameroon attacks
by suspected English-speaking separatists killed three gendarmes.
2018 Mar 2, Cameroon banned
drivers in one of the restive English-speaking provinces from
driving at night for a month, as tensions ran high between
government forces and separatists.
2018 Mar 15, Cameroon's
octogenarian President Paul Biya, who has ruled the central African
country with an iron grip for decades, held his first cabinet
meeting since 2015.
2018 Mar 22, In western
Cameroon a government official was killed, and a district
administrator wounded in an ambush blamed on anglophone separatists.
2018 Mar 25, Cameroon held
senate elections, as tensions continued to soar in the
French-majority country's anglophone regions where separatist rebels
have been fighting government forces for several months. Some 10,000
municipal councilors voted for 70 members of the upper house for a
duration of five years.
2018 Apr 2, Five Cameroonian
soldiers were killed in an attack on a military post in the village
of Sagme in the far north of the country. Security forces freed 18
hostages, including 12 European tourists, who had been seized by
separatists fighting for the independence of English-speaking
regions. Six municipal counsellors in the northwest also were freed.
(AFP, 4/3/18)(AP, 4/4/18)
2018 May 15, The UN said some
160,000 people have fled their homes in Cameroon's English-speaking
regions because of violence between anglophone separatists and
2018 May 20, Cameroon's
national day was marred by violence as two police officers were
killed in the English-speaking region. Bangem city Mayor Ekuh Simon
was kidnapped by separatist Ambazonia Restoration Forces.
(SFC, 5/21/18, p.A2)
2018 May 25, In Cameroon
government troops surrounded a hotel in Menka, one of Cameroon's
Anglophone regions, after they were tipped off to the presence of
separatist rebels. At least 34 people, including women and boys,
2018 May 26, A Cameroon
opposition MP said 22 people have been killed in clashes with the
army, in the latest violence to hit the restive northwest, where
separatists from the English-speaking minority are fighting for
2018 Jul 6, In Cameroon at
least 30 people were killed after a bus crashed on the road that
links the political capital, Yaounde, with the western regional
2018 Jul 11, The Cameroonian
government said it is investigating a video circulated online that
appears to show men in military uniform shooting dead two women and
two children for being suspected members of the Islamist group Boko
2018 Jul 12, In Cameroon a
convoy transporting Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo was ambushed
in the country's restive anglophone region, leaving several
2018 Jul 13, Cameroon's
President Paul Biya (85) said he would run for re-election in
October, aiming to extend his 36-year rule and keep his place on the
roster of Africa's longest-serving leaders.
2018 Jul 15, Cameroon arrested
four soldiers suspected of shooting dead two women and two children
in the country's far north where its army is battling jihadist group
Boko Haram. A video of the incident emerged last week and provoked
2018 Aug 5, In western Cameroon
five police were killed in fresh violence, where English-speaking
separatists have declared an independent state.
2018 Aug 29, It was reported
that cocoa firms operating in Cameroon have moved staff out of the
Anglophone region of the country and farmers are abandoning their
crops in the area, as violence between separatists and security
2018 Sep 7, In Cameroon
hundreds of women gathered in Bamenda city for an angry protest in
against abuses committed in months of fighting between the
government and Anglophone separatists.
2018 Sep 9, In Cameroon armed
Anglophone separatists burned buses and blocked traffic into and out
of the capital of the English-speaking northwest region.
2018 Sep 19, The UN said more
than 500 people have died from cholera in the Lake Chad region since
the start of the year, representing the worst outbreak to hit the
area in four years. The Lake Chad region straddles parts of Nigeria,
Cameroon, Chad and Niger, which are also grappling with a jihadist
2018 Sep 26, In northwestern
Cameroon separatist militants raided a prison and freed about 100
inmates, as the rebels vowed to block next month's presidential
election in English-speaking regions.
2018 Sep 29, Cameroon's
president said Boko Haram has been defeated in the country, the
first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist group
four years ago. Pres. Paul Biya warned Far North residents to remain
vigilant despite recent progress including the re-opening last month
of 40 schools along the border.
2018 Oct 7, Cameroon held
elections. President Paul Biya (85), Africa's oldest leader, was
expected to win another term amid fighting and threats from
separatists that have already prevented residents in
English-speaking regions from voting. In the northwest at least
three armed separatists were shot dead by security forces in the
city of Bamenda as they tried to disrupt voting in the presidential
election. On Oct. 22 Cameroon's Constitutional Council said Paul
Biya (85) won 71.3 percent of the ballot.
(AP, 10/7/18)(Reuters, 10/7/18)(AFP, 10/22/18)
2018 Oct 8, Cameroon opposition
candidate Maurice Kamto declared victory in presidential elections,
saying he had "achieved his goal" in Sunday's vote and calling on
President Paul Biya to hand over power peacefully.
2018 Oct 23, A Cameroon court
sentenced former opposition presidential candidate and
anti-corruption campaigner Akere Muna to a three-year suspended
sentence on forgery charges.
2018 Oct 27, Cameroon's Vision
4 TV station, thought to be close to the government, erroneously
reported that Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba had died. Days
later the privately held station was barred from broadcasting for
six months in neighboring Gabon. Libreville authorities said Bongo
(59) is in hospital in Saudi Arabia suffering from exhaustion.
2018 Oct 28, Cameroon
authorities have released around 50 opposition supporters detained
in Douala a day earlier, but also arrested others in Yaounde.
2018 Oct 30, In Cameroon
Charles Trumann Wesco, a missionary from the US state of Indiana had
been in the region with his wife Stephanie and eight children for
nearly two weeks before he was shot in the head and died amid
fighting between armed separatists and soldiers the northwest. The
military killed at least four suspects in Wesco's death and arrested
2018 Nov 1, In restive
southwestern Cameroon separatist militants attacked workers on a
state-run rubber plantation, chopping off their fingers because the
men had defied an order to stay away from the farms.
2018 Nov 5, In Cameroon gunmen
kidnapped 79 school students along with their principal, a teacher
and a driver, in an English-speaking region where separatists are
fighting an armed campaign for independence.
2018 Nov 6, Cameroon's
President Paul Biya (85) was sworn in for a seventh term after
disputed elections and amid mounting unrest in an English-speaking
2018 Nov 7, Kidnappers in west
Cameroon freed 78 school children and a driver early today. Two
other children were still missing, along with the principal and a
teacher. Armed men had seized the youngsters on Nov. 5 in the city
2018 Nov 7, In Cameroon Mimi
Mefo, a prominent journalist and television presenter from the
restive anglophone region, was jailed for "attacking state
security". Mefo was charged over a social media post which said "the
army was responsible for the death of US missionary Charles Trumann
Wesco who died in October.
2018 Nov 14, Cameroon's
military said at least 30 separatists have been killed in two days
of intense fighting in the turbulent English-speaking North West
region. The mayor of Nwa, a local council in the same region, was
found dead. He was believed to have been killed by separatists.
2018 Nov 18, Cameroon reported
that a professor and staff member of the University of Buea in the
troubled west have been kidnapped. Charles Doumta, on the Health
Sciences faculty, and George Ongey, who works for the research and
cooperation office, were seized on Nov. 16 and Nov. 10,
2018 Nov 21, In Cameroon cleric
Cosmos Omboto Ondari (33) was shot dead at a church in Kembong
parish in the Southwest region. The Roman Catholic Church in the
restive Anglophone region later said it suspected the army of
killing the Kenyan priest.
2018 Nov 23, Cameroon's
military said it has killed at least 43 armed separatists over the
last 24 hours in the North West region.
(SFC, 11/24/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 29, Top leaders from
Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon held talks in N'Djamena (Chad) to
discuss the recent escalation of attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in
the Lake Chad area.
2018 Dec 14, Cameroon released
nearly 300 people who were arrested in connection with the
anglophone crisis, a day after being pardoned by President Paul
2018 Dec 15, In Nigeria leaders
of countries in the Lake Chad region met to give fresh impetus to
their fight against Boko Haram. Benin, the Central African Republic,
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria will hold a follow-up to a
November gathering in Chad to tackle a surge in Boko Haram attacks
in the restive region.
2018 Dec 18, Cameroon's
military killed seven suspected English-speaking separatist rebels
in overnight fighting in Bamenda in the North West region. The
government said that at least 1,200 people have died in the violence
since January, which started after Nigeria detained and extradited
separatist leader Julius Ayuk Tabe and 46 other alleged separatists
2018 Dec 19, The Norwegian
Refugee Council said that more than 430,000 people have fled
violence in Cameroon's restive English-speaking regions and are
hiding in rural areas with few resources.
2018 Dec 24, In Cameroon armed
English-speaking separatists attacked a French-speaking town,
killing one person, kidnapping 15 others and burning 86 homes over
the last 24 hours in the restive North West region.
2019 Jan 15, In western
Cameroon at least 30 people were abducted by suspected separatists
in the troubled English-speaking Southwest Region.
2019 Jan 18, The United Nations
said it was "extremely alarmed" by the forced return by Cameroon of
thousands of refugees to northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram
Islamists pose a continuing threat to civilians. The UN refugee
agency said Cameroon forced "several thousand" refugees back to
Nigeria this week. According to the UNHCR Cameroon is currently
hosting 370,000 refugees, 100,000 of whom are Nigerians.
2019 Jan 28, In Cameroon
Maurice Kamto, leader of the opposition MRC, was arrested in the
country's economic capital Douala. Party treasurer Alain Fogue was
also arrested and over the weekend, Paul-Eric Kingue, who ran
Kamto's election campaign, and rapper Valsero were also detained
alongside 115 others for attending opposition protest marches in
2019 Jan 29, The United Nations
refugee agency says more than 30,000 Nigerians fled the border town
of Rann over the weekend to seek safety in Cameroon as attacks by
Boko Haram extremists continue. Spokesman Babar Baloch said
thousands more have fled to neighboring Chad because of the violence
in northeastern Nigeria.
2019 Jan 31, Cameroon
authorities banned planned protest marches in the capital Yaounde
after a series of unauthorized anti-government demonstrations and
some 200 arrests, including the detention of main opposition leader
2019 Feb 6, The United States
said it has cut defense assistance to Cameroon -- including plans to
supply armored vehicles -- due to concerns over human rights
2019 Feb 7, France said its
defense cooperation with Cameroon was continuing a day after the
United States said it was halting some military assistance to the
West African country over allegations of human rights violations by
its security forces.
2019 Feb 11, In western
Cameroon four people died when gunmen raided a hospital and burnt it
to the ground where anglophone separatists have been fighting
2019 Feb 27, Aid agency
Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said Cameroonian and Nigerian
authorities have ordered 40,000 refugees in Cameroon to return to
Subject = Cameroon
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