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reforms," as the then-Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs testified in 2012. Since
then, U.S. engagement has come to emphasize counterterrorism partnership. Cameroon
participates in the donor-backed Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko
Haram and hosts about 300 U.S. military personnel supporting regional counterterrorism
operations. Historically a minor recipient of U.S. security assistance, Cameroon has become a
significant beneficiary within Africa, with funding administered by the Departments of State
Figure 1. Cameroon's Linguistic Divide
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Sources: Graphic created by CRS. Map and information generated by Hannah Fischer
using data from the Department of State (2015); Esri (2016); ArcWorld (2016); and
DeLorme (2016). Literacy data from Cameroon's Central Bureau of the Census and
Population Studies, 2005.
Key Developments Since 2016
Protests and strikes erupted in western cities in October 2016 over the central government's
reported efforts to hire French speakers in schools and courts in Anglophone-majority regions.
Negotiations between government officials and protest leaders collapsed in January 2017 amid
rioting. The government then banned prominent Anglophone groups involved in the talks,
brought terrorism charges against top activists, cut internet access in Anglophone regions, and
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