Dobékréo, the battle-hardened general dispatched to softly crush secessionists

General Bouba Dobékréo was on the frontline of almost every conflict Cameroon has faced in recent decades, and has battled highway bandits, pirates, and radical Islamists. Now he has been dispatched to lead the fight against secessionist English-speaking rebels, and he plans to take a much less repressive approach than his predecessors. [...] (1800 words)
Issue dated 12/09/2022 Reading time 8 minutes
Two soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), an elite unit of the Cameroonian army.
Two soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), an elite unit of the Cameroonian army. © STRINGER/AFP

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