Prevent Radicalization and Violent Extremism in the Francophone Space: The Example of Cameroon and Boko Haram
The extremist group, Boko Haram, went beyond Francophone borders in 2015 to permeate deep into West Africa. Recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels N’Djamena, Bamako, Abidjan are proof that violent extremism is anchored in French-speaking countries. They also serve as an important reminder of the importance of developing mechanisms to prevent radicalization before it starts. No country can afford to take a reactive approach when dealing with radicalization. Cameroon is one of them.
This article looks at how Cameroon is combatting radicalization but more importantly how the country is reacting to it.