The 79 Kidnapped School Children in Cameroon Have Been Freed

Two of the three school staff members are still being held.

A soldier of the presidential guard patrols in the stadium of Maroua on September 29, 2018 during Cameroon's president Paul Biya's electoral visit in the Far North Region of Cameroon. (ALEXIS HUGUET/AFP/Getty Images)
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The 79 school children who were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released. However, two of the three staff members abducted are still being held, according to The Associated Press. 

“They were brought last night to one of our churches … near Bamenda (the regional capital). They look tired and psychologically tortured,” said the moderator of the country’s Presbyterian Church, Fonki Samuel Forba, according to AP. The students are between 11 and 17 years old.

He pleaded with the kidnappers to “free all the staff in their keeping” and asked parents and guardians to take home all their children.

“It is unfortunate we have to close the school and send home 700 children,” he said to AP. “Their security is not assured by the state and armed groups constantly attack and kidnap them.”

The school previously had students kidnapped, and the church had to pay a ransom of 2.5 million francs (about $4,000) to the armed gang.

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