African Governments Encourage Surrender of Illegal Weapons

While Africa Amnesty Month is September, this year’s event took place one month late because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Cameroon says more than 120,000 illegal firearms are in the country, fueling a separatist conflict as well as the Boko Haram terrorist group.

In Yaounde Monday, Cameroonian and African Union officials marked a delayed commemoration of Africa Amnesty Month, urging illegal holders of weapons to hand them over and be pardoned.

Martin Anya, 29, a former separatist fighter, was hailed Monday as a success story as he went before African delegates with Africa Amnesty Month.

While Africa Amnesty Month is September, this year’s event took place one month late because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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