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Soldiers Free 5,000 from Boko Haram Captivity

Authorities in Cameroon say more than 5,000 people have been freed from captivity under the Boko Haram since the end of January, and more than 60 of the extremist group’s fighters have been killed by Cameroonian and Nigerian soldiers. Troops have also destroyed the residence of a Boko Haram leader which also served as a hideout for

Boko Haram 'kill 70' in Cameroon border town of Fotokol
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70 Reportedly Dead in Boko Haram Attack on Cameroonian Town

Boko Haram militants have reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. The Islamist militants attacked civilians in their homes and in the town's mosque, local officials said, setting many buildings on fire. The attack comes a day after a regional force said

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With All Due Respect:No One Snatches Chantel Biya’s Wig (and For Good Reason)

This week, the First Lady of Cameroon, Chantal Biya, arrived in the United States for the United States-Africa Leaders Summit. She came with her hair—a nearly indescribable assortment of brightly colored tresses. Mrs. Biya has no problem rocking a bouffant, bangs, a mullet and a ponytail—sometimes all at once. I knew the blogs were going

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM, kills at least three
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Wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least three people on Sunday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, and

An activist fights breast ironing
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Fighting Against Breast Ironing in Cameroon

In Cameroon, the breast, one of the most conspicuous signs of a woman’s femininity, is a target for ritual mutilation. Breast ironing, a practice that involves flattening a young girl’s breasts with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells among other objects, is often carried out by an older female relative on a victim. It is considered

Arts & Entertainment

Seven Olympic Athletes from Cameroon Go AWOL

Seven Olympic athletes from Cameroon have mysteriously disappeared from the athletes' village in London in what appears to be an effort to abandon their home country and seek asylum in the UK. The head of mission for Team Cameroon said the athletes in question—five boxers, a swimmer, and a soccer player—all have visas that will