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L’Action mondiale pour la paix et la justice au Cameroun

AFCON / CAN  (le français suit)

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament is set to take place in Cameroon in January-February 2022, after being twice postponed. The matches will be played against the backdrop of increasing insecurity due to the Anglophone conflict. 

There have been at least 64 improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in 2021. Some IED blasts have occurred outside the Anglophone regions in cities where AFCON football stadiums are located. Meanwhile, in the conflict zone, homes continue to be burned down, schoolchildren killed, civilians kidnapped, and both government forces and ‘Amba Boys’ are feared by the population. 

These are not ideal conditions under which to host a high-profile international sporting event.

The tournament is an opportunity for the Cameroon government to declare a temporary cessation of hostilities and to announce a road map of inclusive peace talks mediated by an impartial third party. 

A cloud of violence hangs over AFCON. Yet, this can be a moment for the warring parties to choose negotiation rather than continued conflict, with encouragement from the international community. 

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CAN

La Coupe d’Afrique des Nations (CAN) de football devrait se dérouler au Cameroun en janvier- février 2022, après avoir été reportée à deux reprises. Les matchs se dérouleront dans un contexte d’insécurité croissante due au conflit anglophone. 

Il y a eu au moins 64 attaques à l’engin explosif improvisé en 2021. Certaines explosions d’engins explosifs improvisés ont eu lieu en dehors des régions anglophones, dans des villes où se trouvent les stades de football de la CAN. Pendant ce temps, dans la zone de conflit, des maisons continuent d’être incendiées, des écoliers tués, des civils enlevés, et la population craint à la fois les forces gouvernementales et les « Amba Boys ». 

Ce ne sont pas les conditions idéales pour accueillir un événement sportif international de haut niveau.

Le tournoi est l’occasion pour le gouvernement camerounais de déclarer une cessation temporaire des hostilités et d’annoncer une feuille de route pour des pourparlers de paix inclusifs sous la médiation d’une tierce partie impartiale. 

Un nuage de violence plane sur la CAN. Pourtant, ce peut être le moment pour les parties belligérantes de choisir la négociation plutôt que la poursuite du conflit, avec l’encouragement de la communauté internationale. 


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Cameroon and the world are mourning the loss of Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, who passed late on Good Friday 2021. Cardinal Tumi was a staunch and tireless advocate for peace and dialogue, including organizing the Anglophone General Conference, which never took place. In his short book My Night in Captivity, published at the end of 2020, he wrote “All I want is for the guns to fall silent and for peace to return to the country.”

Some of the many tributes to Cardinal Tumi may be found herehereherehereherehereherehere, and here

The Global Campaign for Peace & Justice in Cameroon adds our voice to those recognizing Cardinal Tumi’s immense legacy. His death is a devastating loss for those seeking a nonviolent resolution of the Anglophone conflict. His dedicated leadership and strong moral values remain guiding lights.


A group of international notables is calling on Cameroon’s warring parties in the Anglophone regions to lower their weapons to let health workers tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to see the COVID-19 ceasefire challenge to the Cameroon government, the non-state armed groups, and select international bodies.

Interview about the COVID-19 ceasefire challenge with Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, on DW Facebook Live (June 22, 2020)

Cameroon: Paths to Peace in a Pandemic

Webinar Series

Cameroon: Paths to Peace in a Pandemic is a series of three webinars exploring ways ahead for the country toward nonviolent resolution of the Anglophone Crisis.

  • April 18, 2020: Understanding the Anglophone Crisis & Opportunities for Peace during a Pandemic
  • April 25, 2020: Challenges of Identity-Based and Secessionist Conflicts
  • May 2, 2020: Money, Military, and International Power

The Global Campaign for Peace & Justice in Cameroon