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The Damage Caused by the 93-Day Internet Blackout in Cameroon

On Jan. 17, the internet went out in Bamenda, the English-speaking city where I live in the Northwest region of Cameroon. The internet shutdown affected the Anglophone regions of Cameroon—approximately one-third of the population of the country. Meanwhile, Francophone Cameroonians continued to enjoy internet access. Why? The government claimed that Anglophone Cameroonians were using social media to spread rumors, fuel anti-government protests, and threaten national unity.
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