This West African country is home to 19 million people, about 58% of whom live in urban settings. Cameroon holds a diverse population with over 200 ethnic groups, 24 African language groups, and various religions. Notably, Cameroon was colonized by both the British in the western part and the French in the eastern region. Today, Cameroon has a constitutional democracy, but in 2008 presidential-term limits were removed. The country has the same president, Paul Biya, since 1982. Since the mid-1980's living standards country-wide have been falling, with about 40% of the population living below the poverty line. In 2000 school fees were abolished, and enrollment in primary school is 95%; still, many students drop out.




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Anglophone teachers strike over the country's preferential treatment to francophone speakers, despite it being a bilingual country. There were a number of demonstrations in the South West region, where troops were also deployed. Certain schools resumed classes as early as March 2017, with some holding out till late October. The internet in the Anglophone parts of the country was shut down by the government for 136 days. There was also a brief separatist movement, to turn Western Cameroon into an independent state, Ambazonia. (
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