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Education in Danger Monthly News Brief, October 2018

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Africa

Burkina Faso

02 October 2018: In Ouro-Aou village, Est region, a primary school was ransacked by Islamic State militants. No further details specified. Source: ACLED

Democratic Republic of the Congo

07 October 2018: In Butembo city, North Kivu province, a professor at the Catholic University of Graben was arrested for making comments that were critical of the government and collaborating with an armed Islamic group. He was later granted a provisional release following advocacy by his colleagues, students and others. Sources: Actualite, La Voix de l’UCG, and MatinInfos

20-21 October 2018: In Kiwanja town, North Kivu province, unidentified perpetrators kidnapped one student from the Bukoma Primary School and two others from the Jikaze Institute, prompting the schools to close down temporarily. Source: Actualite

31 October 2018: In Kilambo village, Bafuni region, Masisi territory, 10 IDPs, including teachers, were abducted by the Reformed Nduma Defence of the Congo militia. No further details specified. Source: ACLED

Cameroon

19 October 2018: In Bamenda, town, Mezam department,
Northwest region, armed perpetrators stormed the Atiela Bilingual High School and kidnapped six students, one of whom escaped. The perpetrators were not identified. Source: Cameroon-Info

20 October 2018: In Jakiri town and commune, Bui division,
Northwest region, unidentified perpetrators kidnapped the principal of the Jakiri Government Bilingual High School but later released him unconditionally on 23 October 2018. Their motivations were not specified. Sources: Journal du Cameroun (a) and Journal du Cameroun (b)

26 October 2018: In Bamenda, town, Mezam department, Northwest region, suspected Ambazonian fighters shot and killed a professor of the University of Bamenda while he was traveling to work. A principle and teacher are also reported mutilated. Source:
News 24

Côte d’Ivoire

21 October 2018: In Séguéla town and department, Worodougou region, Woroba district, bandits armed with knives attacked a professor of the Lycée Dominique Ouattara and stole his motorcycle.
Source: Koaci

Ghana

30 September 2018: In Agogo town, Asante Akim North municipality, Ashanti region, at least 22 students staged a protest at the Agogo State College damaging college property including air conditioners, streetlights, standing pipes, tables and chairs. The protesters also attempted to set a school bus on fire. Source: Ghana Web

22 October 2018: In Kumasi city, Ashanti region, dozens of students held a violent protest at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, destroying offices, documents, files, windows, plasma televisions and other unspecified property. Source: Ghana Web

22 October 2018: In Kumasi city, Ashanti region, police and members of the security task force of the Tafo Municipal Assembly stormed the Afia Kobi Nursing School over the violation of sanitary regulations, destroying the main gate of the building in the process. Some students were reportedly manhandled and sustained several injuries as they attempted to prevent the arrest of the school director. Source: Ghana Web

Kenya

10 October 2018: In Mandera city and county, al Shabaab militants armed with guns, knives and grenades attacked the Arabia Boys Secondary School, hacking two foreign teachers to death as they tried to escape. Source: The Star

Mali

03 October 2018: In Koro town, Mopti region, a hand grenade was found outside the largest school in the area but was located and defused by the Malian army before any injuries occurred. Source:
ACLED