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UN condemns attacks on aid workers in Cameroon's restive Anglophone regions
BY 2020-06-05 15:52:06

YAOUNDE, June 4 (Xinhua) -- The UN humanitarian agency on Thursday strongly condemned attacks on humanitarian aid workers in the troubled English-speaking regions of Cameroon that have been ravaged by a separatist conflict for over three years.

Allegra Baiocchi, humanitarian coordinator in Cameroon said, the last two months have seen a "significant increase" in attacks with six aid agencies reporting having had their workers kidnapped or "literally" detained in life-threatening incidents.

"The situation has reached a point where aid delivery has had to scale back putting many lives at unnecessary risk," Baiocchi said in a statement issued in the capital, Yaounde.

Most of the abductions are carried out by armed separatists but government forces have also delayed transportation of humanitarian aid, according to the statement.

She cautioned that violence against humanitarian workers is unacceptable and must stop.

"This recent increase of attacks is even more troubling as it comes at a time when our efforts are focused on the scale up required to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, I reiterate the UN Secretary General's call for a global ceasefire," she added.

Government forces and armed separatists have been clashing since 2017 in the country's Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest where separatists want to establish an independent nation they called "Ambazonia". 

(Editor:Grace) (From:xinhua)
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