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UNOCHA reports 25 attacks on schools in English-speaking regions in 2023

UNOCHA reports 25 attacks on schools in English-speaking regions in 2023

Paru le mardi, 13 février 2024 14:08

At least 25 schools were targeted in attacks during 2023, according to the UNOCHA's December 2023 Situation Report published on February 9, 2024. A significant increase occurred in February, coinciding with celebrations for Youth Day when separatists typically impose "lockdowns" in these regions to disrupt events. Another surge in attacks was reported in September, coinciding with the start of the new school year and a two-week lockdown imposed by armed separatists. 

This ongoing violence has had a devastating impact on education, with many schools forced to close. The UNOCHA report states that 2,875 schools remained non-functional since the conflict began in late 2016, representing 41% of the region’s pre-crisis total of 6,970 schools.

The North-West region is particularly affected, with 65% of its schools shut down. The departments of Bui and Mezam have the highest number of closures, with 490 and 383 non-functional schools respectively. In Bui, the number of closed schools even exceeds those still operating (306).

The South-West region fares slightly better, with 35% of schools non-functional. The Fako department boasts the highest number of operational schools in the region, with 880 compared to only 207 closed schools.

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