Cameroon president urges “national dialogue” on separatist crisis | AFP

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya announces in a speech to the Nation that he intends to “convene a major national dialogue” at the end of September to try to put an end to the deadly conflict between separatist groups of the English-speaking minority and security forces in the West. SOUNDBITE

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Classrooms empty in Anglophone Cameroon amid ongoing ‘shutdown’ | AFP

On the day when schoolchildren would normally be returning to classrooms, things are far from normal in the restive anglophone regions of Cameroon, where schools have for the most part have remained shut during the last two conflict-filled years. Since 2017, Cameroon’s army has battled anglophone separatists seeking an independent state in response to perceived discrimination from the country’s francophone majority. Tensions have risen following the sentencing of charismatic separatist leader Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe to life in prison.

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Swiss police fire water cannon, stun grenades at Cameroon protesters | AFP

Large numbers of police in riot gear use water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against anti-Biya protesters in Geneva. The demonstrations began outside a luxury hotel in the Swiss capital where Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 86-year-old president who has ruled the country since 1982, is believed to be staying.

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Swiss police fire water cannon, stun grenades at Cameroon protesters | AFP

Large numbers of police in riot gear use water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against anti-Biya protesters in Geneva. The demonstrations began outside a luxury hotel in the Swiss capital where Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 86-year-old president who has ruled the country since 1982, is believed to be staying. IMAGES

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Nigerians disagree over legacy of a 19th century Fulani Muslim ruler | AFP

In Sokoto, an old city in northern Nigeria, Usmane Dan Fodio’s tomb attracts pilgrims from all over West Africa. For many Muslims, this scholarly and reformist Fulani is considered a saint. In 1808, he established the Caliphate of Sokoto, an Islamic state that extended from Burkina Faso to Cameroon.

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High spirit for African teams ahead of women’s World Cup | AFP

Three African teams have qualified for football’s Women’s World Cup in France : Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa. AFP reviews each squad. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT

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Cameroonian mechanic offers fresh take on second-hand cars

In Bafoussam, in western Cameroon, young mechanic Cédric Simen shows off his latest creation: an off-road vehicle made from recovered and recycled parts. His atypical “made in Cameroon” car tends to get a surprised reaction from local residents as he drives around the streets of the city.

Cameroonian villagers assess damage done by stampeding elephants

Residents of Bougai, village in the north of Cameroon, are struggling to deal with the issue of hungry elephants marauding through their crops. This is not the first time that pachyderms have left the reserve to feed in the village’s millet and sorghum plantations. But this time, the elephants also destroyed several local huts.

Cameroon: 187 ex-Boko Haram fighters surrender arms

Some 187 Cameroonian former members of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram voluntarily return to their country from Nigeria. They were taken to the base of the Multinational Joint Task Force, set up by Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.