37th out of 50 in Africa. This is the ranking of Cameroon in the “Global Peace Index 2016” published on 10th June by the Institute of Economics and Peace, an Australian think tank. Basing its work on 23 indicators evaluating mainly three components, being the level of security of a society, the spread of internal or international conflicts and the level of militarization of States; the “Global Peace Index 2016” lists the most peaceful and most dangerous countries in the world.
By ranking among the 15 least peaceful countries in Africa and 130th in the world (out of 163 ranked countries), Cameroon is certainly paying the price for the attacks that the Nigerian Islamist Sect Boko Haram is multiplying on its soil for over a year now. These attacks have already led to the death of over 1,000 officially, and at least three kidnappings of expatriates in the Far-North region of Cameroon.
In the CEMAC zone, Cameroon is outranked by Equatorial Guinea (10th in Africa and 62nd worldwide); which features among the 10 most peaceful countries in Africa; Gabon (18th and 79th); the Republic of Congo (28th and 114th). According to the “Global Peace Index 2016”, the most peaceful country in Africa is Mauritius, ranked 23rd at the global level, ahead of countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom, France or the USA.