Internet services in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions have been turned back on three months after they were cut off following protests. People were delighted when online access was restored in both regions on Thursday evening.
Before the ban, authorities had warned mobile phone users they faced jail for spreading false information. Communications and the economy were badly affected by the shutdown.
Anglophone Cameroonians make up about twenty percent of the country’s twenty-three million people. Workers in Cameroon’s tech hub, known as Silicon Mountain, had to relocate to areas where the internet was still available.
Anglophone Cameroonians in the North-West and South-West regions had been protesting over the imposition of French in their schools and courts.