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>> We are in a war, the words of one Cameroonian who fled army raid in the southwest of the country. Accounts from villages like these shed new light on the fast deteriorating security situation in the Anglophone part of Cameroon. The military there has been trying to quell a growing separatist movement that has been gaining momentum over the past year.
Daniel supports the campaign for the independence of an English speaking area of the country, known as Ambazonia. But he says that soldiers are cracking down on the movement.>>
> An Army spokesman said claims that houses were burned and people shot were totally false. He denied that soldiers were mistreating residents.
The fighting has become a threat to President Paul Biya's longstanding rule and to stability in the central African country. Separatist leaders say the military crackdown is increasing support for a growing number of armed groups bent on secession. So far, 22 soldiers and policeman have been killed, and more than 40,000 people have fled to Nigeria.