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Those displaced by violence in North Cameroon and attacked by jihadists

September 4, 2020

Almost 300,000 people have been displaced in the Cameroonian province of the far north, which is washed by Lake Chad, since Boko Haram and later its spin-off, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), decided to expand their actions from neighboring Nigeria . After fleeing the violence, in many cases after attacking their villages, they have now become a direct target of jihadists.

At least seven displaced persons died and fourteen others were injured last Tuesday in an attack on the town of Goldavi near Kolofata, a town near the border with Nigeria that according to the UN High Commissioner for around 18,000 internally displaced people live (UNHCR ).

Just a month earlier, on the night of August 1 to August 2, another suicide attack against displaced persons in the city of Nguetechewe killed 17 people, including five children and six women, and injured 16. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the perpetrators of the attack were minors.

Those displaced by violence in North Cameroon and attacked by jihadistsThose displaced by violence in North Cameroon and attacked by jihadists

“The overnight suicide attack at Boko Haram in Nguetechewe seems designed to maximize civilian deaths and injuries,” says HRW Africa researcher Ilaria Allegrozzi, who warns that it was also committed by minors. At least two make it a “disgusting war crime”.

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