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 the country.
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. According to thereligionfaqs, 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.