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Cameroon: Country on the west coast of Africa
Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west and north; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Cameroon is not an ECOWAS member state, it is geographically and historically in West Africa with the Southern Cameroons which now form her Nord-Ouest and Sud-Ouest Regions having a strong West African history. However, since 2017, elements within the Sud-Ouest and Nord-Ouest regions have since declared an independent state called Ambazonia. The country is sometimes identified as West African and other times as Central African due to its strategic position at the crossroads between West and Central Africa. Cameroon is home to over 250 native languages spoken by nearly 20 million people.


Coronavirus testing rate increasing in Cameroon [Video]

Coronavirus testing rate increasing in Cameroon

Cameroon launches nationwide testing as officials brace for a surge in confirmed cases.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published
Cameroon: Gov't criticised for reopening schools, airports [Video]

Cameroon: Gov't criticised for reopening schools, airports

As Cameroon eases coronavirus restrictions, the government is accused of politicising the pandemic.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

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France's Macron says 'intolerable' rights violations taking place in Cameroon

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Thousands of Cameroonians flee to Nigeria as violence flares

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Cameroonian soldiers go on trial over shooting of women and children

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Greece says eight abducted as tanker stormed off Cameroon

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Cameroon grants special status to Anglophone regions

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Cameroon separatists fire on passenger jet in northwest

Separatist rebels fired on a Cameroon Airlines passenger jet as it approached Bamenda airport in the northwest of the country on Sunday morning, their leader told Reuters.
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Cameroon Airlines passenger plane comes under fire in northwest

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