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Far North: Islamist Attacks Killed 169 Civilians in Jan-Jul 2023, HRW says

Far North: Islamist Attacks Killed 169 Civilians in Jan-Jul 2023, HRW says

Paru le vendredi, 16 février 2024 13:08

More than 100 civilians were killed in attacks by Islamist groups in Cameroon's Far North region bordering Nigeria in the first seven months of 2023, Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed in its World Report 2024 published last month.

Civilians faced killings and abductions by armed Islamist groups in the Far North region, including by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP)," the rights group wrote, documenting 246 attacks and at least 169 civilian deaths between January and July.

HRW also accused Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters of murders, kidnappings, and looting, contributing to a climate of insecurity that has displaced many within the country and across borders. These displacements stemmed not only from Islamist attacks but also from community-based tensions and violence.

Adding to the woes, heavy rains in early July 2023 caused floods that destroyed crops and hampered humanitarian access in the region already grappling with food insecurity and malnutrition.

Humanitarian partners estimated that 1.6 million people in the Far North needed assistance in 2023. The October 2023 Cadre Harmonisé report predicts over 900,000 people will face acute food and nutrition insecurity in the region between June and August 2024, coinciding with the lean season.

The government plans to invest nearly XAF1.8 billion in the region's reconstruction for economic recovery.


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