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Where conflict has closed schools for three years

By ITS Education Asia

With the recent troubles in Hong Kong, it is worth taking the time to give a thought to those other children who face much greater hardship. This recent article from the BBC looks at the difficulties faced by school children in Cameroon.

Schoolchildren have become pawns in the fierce conflict between Cameroon's mainly French-speaking government and separatist fighters demanding independence for the country's English-speaking heartland. Schools in many parts of the country have been empty for three years.

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef, says the ban on education has affected about 600,000 children, with more than 80% of schools shut and at least 74 schools have been destroyed in the troubled regions.

We all can be thankful for the safe and peaceful country we live in.

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