Students Have Been Kidnapped From a School in Northwest Cameroon

Suspected Ambazonian fighters stormed the Presbyterian Secondary School and kidnapped 79 students and three school officials early Monday. According to school officials of PSS Nkwen, 82 people were abducted; 79 students, the principal, a school bus driver and a teacher.

A video released purporting to show the kidnappers forcing several children to give their names and the names of their parents. Many repeat the same phrase: “I was taken from school last night by the Amba boys and I don’t know where I am.”

Hundreds have been killed by the military following a crackdown on protesters who claim they are marginalized by the French-speaking government headed by the president Paul Biya.

Students have been kidnapped before but never before in such numbers, according to reports. Local governor Deben Tchoffo said that at least 78 students had been taken during the abduction late on Sunday. Reuters claimed a military source confirmed 81 people including the principal had been taken “into the bush.” However, local media reported that only 11 male students had been taken away from the Presbyterian Secondary School Nkwen by a group of armed men.

 

 

Photo: “007R Cam071 Vue générale de Bamenda au Cameroun en 1967 pendant la saison des pluies” byeLaboureur is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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