On 19 October, five students of the Atiela Bilingual High School were taken by unidentified gunmen.
Their battle for independence has become increasingly militant these past two years.
A group calling themselves the Amba Boys, who broke into the Presbyterian school in the regional capital Bamenda to perform their kidnapping, say they'll hold their hostages until the Anglophone areas of Cameroon are allowed to form an independent state called Ambazonia. One government official blamed Anglophone separatist groups, but the largest separatist groups have denied involvement and condemned the attack, insisting that they do not attack civilians. It is unclear how the abductors could have transported them there at night, given that the military enforces a curfew between 6pm and 6am, and there are multiple checkpoints between Bafut and Bamenda.
The London-based human rights advocacy organisation has expressed solidarity with the families of the children and called on Cameroonian authorities to "do everything in their power" to ensure all those abducted are freed unharmed. In the video, the kidnappers identified themselves as Amba boys and can be heard telling the children, "We shall only release you after the struggle". "We have asked our military to do everything and bring back the kids alive". "We have promised to close down the schools", he told the BBC.
The army had been deployed to try to find the children taken on Sunday.
Rev Samuel told the BBC he was not concerned about who was behind the kidnapping, only "overwhelmed and happy" that the schoolchildren had been freed.
"A widely followed boycott of schools was in place since late 2016, but since early 2017, school administrators and teachers perceived as not enforcing the boycott have faced increasing attacks by individuals and groups of individuals, acting on their own or in support of self-proclaimed armed separatist groups".
A principal and a teacher who were abducted along with the children are still being held, Reuters reported.
"How can he always talk of protection and security when our schools are torched every day, our children tortured and their teachers killed?" he said.
He said the school previously had some students kidnapped which was resolved when the church paid a ransom of 2.5 million francs (about $4,000 dollars) to the armed gang.
Why are English-speaking residents unhappy?
Most of Cameroon is French-speaking, while the country's western portion is populated by English speakers.