Cameroon

The "virginity stone" costing Cameroonian women their health

 
Alum stone, which has astringent properties, is used throughout the world to make cosmetics, in particular deodorant and aftershave. However in Cameroon, like in several African countries, it is sought after for another reason: traditional beliefs hold that it can restore a woman’s virginity. Read more...

Central African crisis threatens to spill over into Cameroon

 
In Garoua-Boulaï, a town located right on the border with the Central African Republic (CAR), residents are growing fearful that their neighbouring country’s conflict will spill over to their side. Indeed, hundreds of Central African fighters have been using the border zone as a staging ground for their battles. Gunshots fired on the CAR side of the border are making the residents of Garoua-Boulaï increasingly jittery. Read more...
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'Witch-hunt’ riot rocks Cameroon town

 
Residents have gone on the rampage in a so-called 'witch-hunt' in the Cameroonian town of Buéa. They destroyed homes and burnt cars in the city's southern neighbourhood of Tolé, accusing the district's people of being witches and members of a 'cult' that they say is behind several recent deaths. Read more...
 
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Lynching in Cameroon: "No one would let me help the victim"

 
Early on Thursday morning, a man was lynched in the middle of the street in Douala, Cameroon, by a crowd that accused him of stealing a motorbike. Our Observer tried to intervene to save him, in vain. Read more...
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Graphic images show horrifying 'vigilante justice' in Cameroon

 
The video shows a man, stripped naked and writhing on the ground, parts of his body burnt and lacerated, as an out-of-control mob continues to attack him. This footage, filmed in Douala and sent to the FRANCE 24 Observers, shows the horror of Cameroon’s frequent instances of “vigilante justice”. Read more...
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Inside Cameroon’s drug scene

 
Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital, is increasingly becoming a hub of illegal drug consumption and trafficking. Many local youths are turning from cannabis to harder drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. By posing as a user, our Observer investigated Douala’s lucrative drugs trade. Read more...
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Chinafrica: African workers share experiences at Chinese factories

 
Xi Jinping, China’s new president, has chosen to visit to Africa as part of his first foreign tour – and for good reason. With more than 2,000 businesses operating on the continent and making more than 36 billion dollars a year, China has in just a few years become Africa’s top commercial partner. From Togo to the Democratic Republic of Congo, our African Observers employed by Chinese companies told us about their jobs. Read more...
 

Video shows man beaten up by Cameroonian presidential guard

 
An amateur video showing Cameroonian presidential guards beating up a man in the street has surfaced on the Internet. The video was published on a site run by expat Cameroonians living in Belgium. See video...
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'Breast ironing': the agony of young Cameroonian girls

 
During puberty, thousands of Cameroonian girls fall victim to a painful practice: the women in their families, sometimes even their own mothers, try to make their growing breasts disappear by crushing them. They believe this “protects” the girls from experiencing their sexuality too soon. Read more...
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Citizens left to fight Cholera epidemic themselves

Since early May, Cameroon has experienced its worse cholera epidemic in a decade. In the capital, Yaounde, residents are left to themselves to fight the epidemic, armed with little more than soap and bleach. Read more...

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