Cameroon. According to
countryaah, the current population of Cameroon is 26,545,874.
The Nigerian Islamist rebel movement Boko Haram
continued to spread terror among the people of northern
Cameroon, although the number of attacks during the year was
significantly lower than in previous years. In January,
twelve people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an
explosive charge at a mosque in connection with the morning
prayer. Later that month, more than 30 people were killed
and more than 80 injured when at least three suicide bombers
attacked a marketplace in the city of Bodo in the north of
As a way to protect the population from attacks, the
authorities equipped the Citizen Guard with motorcycles and
regular bicycles to help with the border guard between
Cameroon and Nigeria. The extreme situation also led to acts
of solidarity between Muslims and Christians, with members
of various religious communities guarding outside mosques
and churches during ongoing worship.
In July, Amnesty International accused the Cameroonian
authorities of committing serious abuses in the fight
against Boko Haram. In addition to arbitrary arrests, it
appears, among other things, that people suspected of being
in contact with that terrorist movement are being tortured.
In May, the environmental organization Greenpeace
criticized Cameroon. According to the allegations, exports
of illegally harvested forest to Europe and China will
occur. The country's rainforest areas are rich but
threatened by deforestation. In June, a former government
member and close associate of President Paul Biya was
sentenced to 25 years in prison for embezzlement of about
SEK 40 million.