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Displaced Cameroonians left without a vote

Kum Rose, 55, who fled Buea because of violence, washes dishes outside the house where she has taken refuge with her children in Yaounde, Cameroon. Tens of thousands of Cameroonians displaced by a separatist insurgency in the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions find themselves without a home and with nowhere to vote in Sunday's presidential election.  

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Kum Rose, 55, who fled Buea because of violence, washes dishes outside the house where she has taken refuge with her children in Yaounde, Cameroon. Tens of thousands of Cameroonians displaced by a separatist insurgency in the English-speaking...more

Kum Rose, 55, who fled Buea because of violence, washes dishes outside the house where she has taken refuge with her children in Yaounde, Cameroon. Tens of thousands of Cameroonians displaced by a separatist insurgency in the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions find themselves without a home and with nowhere to vote in Sunday's presidential election. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Grace Nah (R), 70, who said she fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo, stands outside the house where she is taking refuge in Yaounde. The chaos in Anglophone opposition strongholds may help Cameroon's 85-year-old President Paul Biya, who is expected to easily win a seventh term to extend his 36 years in office, aided in part by a weak opposition and a resigned population, many of whom view elections as a means to rubber-stamp seven more years of Biya. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Grace Nah (R), 70, who said she fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo, stands outside the house where she is taking refuge in Yaounde. The chaos in Anglophone opposition strongholds may help Cameroon's 85-year-old President Paul Biya,...more

Grace Nah (R), 70, who said she fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo, stands outside the house where she is taking refuge in Yaounde. The chaos in Anglophone opposition strongholds may help Cameroon's 85-year-old President Paul Biya, who is expected to easily win a seventh term to extend his 36 years in office, aided in part by a weak opposition and a resigned population, many of whom view elections as a means to rubber-stamp seven more years of Biya. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Kum Solange, 33, a French and English teacher, who fled the southwestern city of Buea because of violence, sits as she holds her child outside the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. Victory would leave Biya as one of Africa's last strongmen, vestige of a post-colonial era that a wave of democracy has slowly eroded. 

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Kum Solange, 33, a French and English teacher, who fled the southwestern city of Buea because of violence, sits as she holds her child outside the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. Victory would leave Biya as one of Africa's last...more

Kum Solange, 33, a French and English teacher, who fled the southwestern city of Buea because of violence, sits as she holds her child outside the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. Victory would leave Biya as one of Africa's last strongmen, vestige of a post-colonial era that a wave of democracy has slowly eroded. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Honrne Waba, 40, cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether.   


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Honrne Waba, 40, cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later...more

Honrne Waba, 40, cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Rawlings Fofeyen, 23, a musician who fled the northwestern town of Bamenda because of violence in the courtyard of the house where he is staying in Yaounde. Fofeyen left the Northwest city of Bamenda two weeks ago. He said the Cameroonian military routinely picked up young men on the streets, suspecting them of being separatist fighters.


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Rawlings Fofeyen, 23, a musician who fled the northwestern town of Bamenda because of violence in the courtyard of the house where he is staying in Yaounde. Fofeyen left the Northwest city of Bamenda two weeks ago. He said the Cameroonian military...more

Rawlings Fofeyen, 23, a musician who fled the northwestern town of Bamenda because of violence in the courtyard of the house where he is staying in Yaounde. Fofeyen left the Northwest city of Bamenda two weeks ago. He said the Cameroonian military routinely picked up young men on the streets, suspecting them of being separatist fighters. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Honrne Waba, 40, cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. "I felt so scared, I had a broken heart and I said I had to leave," Waba told Reuters in the narrow courtyard of her daughter's house, where she has been staying for a month since leaving her home village of Njinikom.  


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Honrne Waba, 40, cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. "I felt so scared, I had a broken heart and I said I had to leave," Waba told Reuters in the narrow courtyard of her daughter's house, where she has been staying...more

Honrne Waba, 40, cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. "I felt so scared, I had a broken heart and I said I had to leave," Waba told Reuters in the narrow courtyard of her daughter's house, where she has been staying for a month since leaving her home village of Njinikom. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A street vendor walks past a bar called Facebook in Yaounde. 
   

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A street vendor walks past a bar called Facebook in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A street vendor walks past a bar called Facebook in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Rawlings Fofeyen, 23, a musician who fled the northwestern town of Bamenda in the courtyard of the house where he is staying in Yaounde. 

  

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Rawlings Fofeyen, 23, a musician who fled the northwestern town of Bamenda in the courtyard of the house where he is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Rawlings Fofeyen, 23, a musician who fled the northwestern town of Bamenda in the courtyard of the house where he is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Grace Nah, 70, who fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo poses near the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Grace Nah, 70, who fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo poses near the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Grace Nah, 70, who fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo poses near the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Placards of Cameroon President Paul Biya, who is running for reelection scheduled for October 7, are seen above armchairs displayed for sale in Yaounde. 

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Placards of Cameroon President Paul Biya, who is running for reelection scheduled for October 7, are seen above armchairs displayed for sale in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Placards of Cameroon President Paul Biya, who is running for reelection scheduled for October 7, are seen above armchairs displayed for sale in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Ngwe Emilian, 31, who fled violence in the Northwestern division of Barmenda sits with her child near the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Ngwe Emilian, 31, who fled violence in the Northwestern division of Barmenda sits with her child near the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Ngwe Emilian, 31, who fled violence in the Northwestern division of Barmenda sits with her child near the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Honrne Waba, 40, who has fled the northwestern village of Njinikom because of violence, cooks as her son-in-law sits in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Honrne Waba, 40, who has fled the northwestern village of Njinikom because of violence, cooks as her son-in-law sits in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Honrne Waba, 40, who has fled the northwestern village of Njinikom because of violence, cooks as her son-in-law sits in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Honrne Waba, 40, who has fled the northwestern village of Njinikom because of violence cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Honrne Waba, 40, who has fled the northwestern village of Njinikom because of violence cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Honrne Waba, 40, who has fled the northwestern village of Njinikom because of violence cooks in the courtyard of the house where she is staying in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Kum Rose, 55, who fled the southwestern city of Buea because of violence reacts as she speaks outside the house where she has taken refuge with her children in Yaounde. Displaced Anglophones in Yaounde all agree on one thing about the life they have fled: they were sick of the shooting. "You can be walking along, you hear gunshots and you see people running. You get inside, you dive on the floor," said 55-year-old Kum Rose, who in August left Bomaka, taking the bus with four children and 7 grandchildren.

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Kum Rose, 55, who fled the southwestern city of Buea because of violence reacts as she speaks outside the house where she has taken refuge with her children in Yaounde. Displaced Anglophones in Yaounde all agree on one thing about the life they have...more

Kum Rose, 55, who fled the southwestern city of Buea because of violence reacts as she speaks outside the house where she has taken refuge with her children in Yaounde. Displaced Anglophones in Yaounde all agree on one thing about the life they have fled: they were sick of the shooting. "You can be walking along, you hear gunshots and you see people running. You get inside, you dive on the floor," said 55-year-old Kum Rose, who in August left Bomaka, taking the bus with four children and 7 grandchildren. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Grace Nah, 70, who said she fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo, poses near the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Grace Nah, 70, who said she fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo, poses near the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Grace Nah, 70, who said she fled violence in the northwestern division of Momo, poses near the house where she has taken refuge in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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