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Cameroon: rise of kidnapping cases

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In Cameroon's south west and north west region, communities, which have been hit since late 2016 by a deadly sociopolitical crisis, a new criminal trade, kidnapping for ransom, has emerged.

The phenomenon, which has spread rapidly across the region’s towns and cities,was hardly heard of before the unrest began.

Today, it is commonplace to hear that people have been seized from their homes, work places, on journeys and even from the streets in broad daylight.

Civil servants, politicians, business people, religious and community leaders, teachers and students have all been victims.

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