Villagers in northwestern Cameroon have burned down some 300 homes and forced thousands of people to flee a rival settlement in a dispute over farming land, a senior local official said March 7. The villages of Bawock and Bali Nyongha in the have been locked in a leadership struggle and battle over land rights for decades. The latest attack came on the eve of the region’s new planting season, when tensions over land rights are particularly acute. (Reuters)

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