Cameroon: Football

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 10 January 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential risk of violence at the 2022 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will run from 9 January to 6 February 2022 in Cameroon. Our High Commission will continue its engagement with the Government of Cameroon throughout the tournament.

Matches will take place in Yaoundé, Douala, Bafoussam, Limbe and Garoua. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to Limbe and Garoua, due to ongoing tensions. There is also a heightened risk of petty crime in all the host cities during this period. Separatist armed groups have also announced publicly their intentions to disrupt the AFCON tournament: we advise that any travellers exercise extra caution when visiting locations that are associated with the tournament. Our latest Safety and Security advice for Cameroon can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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