ThreatRate Reports August 2020
Cameroon Anglophone crisis
Civil Unrest
Cameroon has been struggling with increasingly violent crisis between the country’s two linguistic communities. Despite the current conflict only being active since 2016, the roots of the conflict go back to decisions made by the country’s linguistic communities and the international community, both leading up to independence and immediately afterward. The aftermath of World War I resulted in Germany Cameroon’s original colonial ruler, losing its possession, and the League of Nations splitting the colony and giving mandates to both France and the United Kingdom. Each new ruler proceeded, during the mandate period, to pursue integrating their possession into their colonial holdings; thus, the legal and educational systems were separated and, most importantly, as a cultural signifier, Cameroon became split along linguistic lines