In Cameroon, at least 16 people have been reported killed and more than 60 houses burnt during clashes between government troops and separatists in the country’s English-speaking region.
The clashes erupted Thursday during activities to celebrate Cameroon’s National Day otherwise known as the Unity Day.
According to local media reports, streets in the English-speaking towns and villages were deserted while business activity went on as usual in French-speaking towns and villages.
The clashes reportedly followed an order by Efang, the so called supreme general and commander of separatist fighters in Cameroon’ North West and South West regions.
He had said on social media that fighters will ensure all English speakers remain at home as a sign of protest against National Day, arguing that the Yaoundé government, continue to use military might to deprive English speakers of their freedom.
Journalist King Abgorem joins us on the phone from Cameroon with more on the violence that occurred Thursday.