As Boko Haram attacks surge, government closes schools in Northern Cameroon

As Boko Haram attacks surge, government closes schools in Northern Cameroon

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About 60 schools have been closed down according to the Cameroon government as a result of the Boko Haram crisis. The move, the government says is to protect students and teaching staff from constant attacks by the sect. These schools are located in Cameroon’S Northern border with Nigeria, in the administrative units of Mayor Sava, Mayo Tsanaga,and Longone and Chari where Boko Haram attacks are rampant. Cameroon Minister of Basic Education, Ousmanou Garga says schools are unsafe given the recurrent nature of Boko Haram attacks.  Thirty- four thousand and fifty-four students have been registered as IDPs and will continue their education in safer areas according to the minister. VOA reports that the the Cameroon military has reported at least 3 Boko Haram attacks every day since the start of 2020. This sect has revised their modus operandi and are increasingly using suicide bombers, women and children being the vector through which these suicide bombs are detonated.

The attacks continue

Cameroon’s Far North Regions has witnessed at least 6 Boko Haram attacks in the space of 3 weeks. These attacks do not only rubbish the claims that Boko Haram has been defeated in Cameroon but serve as a wake-up call for the Cameroon government

The most recent of these attacks came on October 16 in Oudal village in the administrative unit of Mayo Maskota deep at night. According to a report by Xinhuanet, at least 3 people were killed while four others were reportedly abducted.

On the 28 of September 2020, Boko Haram attacked Guidi, a village in Kolofata. According to reports, the attack left 3 people injured, including a member of a vigilante group. The perpetrators of this attack made away with Goats and sheep also the granaries of millet and corn were emptied, cloths were also looted from homes.

Economic Effects of attacks

Kolofata is located in the Mayo Sava Division of the Far North region and is amongst the worst hit localities of the persistent Boko Haram attacks. There has been a drop of about FCFA 350 million in annual revenue because of these attacks. According to reports, about 300 shops have been destroyed by the Islamic sects and this have caused the population to live in total misery and confusion. One of Kolofata’s resident says ENEO network sacked with several loses in human life leaving behind thousands of children who have abandoned school for small businesses in order to meet up with the demands of life.

Other of these attacks recall how children are being abandoned by their parents who left them behind while running for their lives. Some are left with their mothers “We suffer a lot. All the children for the most part are left with their mothers who tend to sell firewood or doughnuts as a means of survival”. an inhabitant explains

Infrastructure and development tools are not left out in this ravaging situation in the Far North region. Electricity polls fall without being replaced by the electricity supplying company because of fear of the unknown. The state of the roads in this region has also contributed in the security threats as well as crime rate. Many people have fled from their homes and those who have the courage to stay are afraid because of possible future attacks. According to reports infrastructural damages records at billions. Kolofata in the Mayo Sava Division has suffered the most in the Boko Haram attacks in the trouble hit region.

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