Friday 18 August 2017
(RFI(EN) 08/17/17)
The first hearing of the appeal of RFI Cameroon correspondent Ahmed Abba has been postponed without explanation, his lawyers have revealed. An appeal against Abba's 10-year prison sentence was supposed to start on Thursday 17 August but his lawyers were shocked to find his name had been taken off the military tribunal's list of hearings on Wednesday evening. "I think Ahmed Abba's name has been taken off the roll, I don't know why," his lawyer Clément Nakong told RFI, pointing out that the appeal was lodged three months ago. "International agreements that Cameroon has signed, Cameroon's constitution and the penal code all specify one should have one's case heard within a reasonable period of time."...
(IRIN 08/14/17)
Moustapha Bachir was watching a World Cup qualifying match in a bar when Boko Haram rolled into Amchide, in Cameroon’s Far North region. By the time they left, the jihadists had killed 30 people and torched homes and businesses. Bachir, 22, didn’t recognise any of the gunmen - he was too busy escaping - and neither did he expect to. Boko Haram was a largely Nigerian insurgent group, committed to a hardline Islamist solution to Nigeria’s perceived ills. Boko Haram had arrived in Amchide in a convoy of pick-ups, and fled back across the common border the same day when Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Battalion showed up. That was three years ago, at a time when Boko Haram was morphing into...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(APA 08/11/17)
The‎ Nigeria, Cameroon Tripartite Commission says it has plans for the repatriation and reintegration of 58,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon. A communique issued at the end of its inaugural meeting on Thursday in Abuja, emphasised that such repatriation should be safe and dignified The Tripartite Commission comprises Nigeria, Cameroon and the UNHCR, It is meant to ensure the voluntary and dignified return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon in line with international best practice. The Communique was read by Hajia Sadiya Farouq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and representatives of the Nigerian...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A celebrated Indian nun who rescues Cameroonian women from slavery in the Middle East has called for greater support for victims to help them recover from the horrors of being drugged, raped and abused. Sister Vanaja Jasphine says she has identified more than 200 women who have been trafficked from the central African nation and enslaved in the Middle East in recent years. The 39-year-old nun last year helped to bring home 14 trafficking victims, whom she refers to as...
(APA 08/09/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - Cameroonian customs reportedly intercepted a large cargo of narcotics in the Taifara region in the far-north meant the Boko Haram terrorist sect, security sources said on Tuesday. The confiscated items were 600,000 Tramadol tablets bound for Nigeria "to meet the needs of the Boko Haram members," a source close to the investigation said. If the sponsors managed to escape, their accomplices were forced to turn themselves in and own up to narcotics smuggling, security sources continued, adding...
(AfricaNews 08/08/17)
The U.S military is investigating Cameroon following allegations of torture on detained civilians. The allegations are contained in an Amnesty International report which says close to 100 cases of arrest and torture of civilians have been registered during Cameroon’s ongoing war against Boko Haram. Amnesty International says the abuses occured around Salak near Cameroon’s border with Nigeria and Chad and were allegedly carried out by Cameroon’s elite army unit -the Rapid Intervention Battalion. Pentagon officials also want to find the truth about allegations that U.S servicemen were present at the Cameroonian base while the tortured unfolded. Close to 300 U.S military personnel in Cameroon are helping the government...
(The Associated Press 08/04/17)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The U.S. military has opened an inquiry into allegations that Cameroonian troops carried out torture and murder at a base where American troops were present, a U.S. spokesman said Friday. Amnesty International last month said it had documented 80 cases of abuse by Cameroonian troops at their Salak base in the country's Far North region. Amnesty alleged the abuses were carried out between 2013 and 2017 against people suspected of involvement with Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremists. Amnesty said U.S. troops were present at several locations within the Salak base...
(Voice of America 08/01/17)
The African Union Peace and Security Council has urged Cameroon to ensure the repatriation of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram is done on a voluntary basis. Hundreds of refugees, most of them children, complain they are thirsty and hungry as they leave Cameroon on their way back to Nigeria. They are escorted by troops from the multinational joint task force fighting the Boko Haram insurgency. Cameroon Red Cross official Joseph Guisso is among the humanitarian staff accompanying the refugees. He...
(APA 07/28/17)
APA-Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Cameroon's Finance minister, Alamine Ousmane Mey has suspended five officials of the tax and treasury departments who were named in an extensive network involving “ghost workers” blamed for at least CFA 1.3 billion in losses to the state. Reliable sources told APA on Friday that the suspensions and dismissals from the public service without legal proceedings are a precautionary measure in view of “serious misconduct” or “breach of professional ethics”. The individuals concerned had not only fraudulently increased the wages of state employees, but also forged false documents for the promotion of some 700 civil servants, sources said.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/27/17)
DOUALA, Cameroon (Reuters) - One person was killed in Cameroon when a freight train operated by state rail company Camrail derailed, less than one year after another Camrail train crash killed 79, an official said on Thursday. Nine cars left the tracks on Wednesday near the town of Makondo, about 140 km (87 miles) west of the capital Yaounde, said an official at Camrail, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak about the crash. "The train was carrying hydrocarbon products. Five cars completely overturned," he said.
(Voice of America 07/27/17)
Thirty-two people, most of them soldiers with Cameroon’s elite Rapid Intervention Battalion, remain unaccounted for after their ship capsized off the coast of the Bakassi Peninsula over a week ago. Relatives of the missing are demanding answers. Dozens come every evening to comfort the residents of a house in the Yaounde-Nkoabang neighborhood of the capital. It is the home of Alex Alega, one of the 32 soldiers still missing after a Cameroonian military vessel went down off the Atlantic coast July 16. His brother, Theophile, is anxious for news. He says it is unacceptable that, to date, the military has not explained
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
Plastic waste has become a major problem in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé clogging up drains and rivers and causing flooding in the city whenever it rains. Cameroon’s government has been trying to tackle the country’s plastic pollution troubles for years, but with little success. Yaounde’s streets are littered with piles of plastic bags and bottles and residents are worried. Cheaper than other alternatives, plastic bags and bottles are popular in a place where the average income is less than 500 Central...
(Voice of America 07/27/17)
As the world's AIDS experts meet at a conference this week in Paris, health workers in Cameroon still struggle to identify and treat HIV-positive mothers and babies. Myriam Anang lost her husband and three-month-old baby two years ago to HIV. Now, Anang works as a peer educator in a government-initiated program to help others become better informed. She was among the speakers in northern Cameroon at a gathering addressing AIDS and HIV. Anang said that when she tries to persuade...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
The two big maps show the districts of the northern Cameroonian town of Guider along with its brothels, nightclubs and other seedy spots to identify places from where AIDS could spread among adolescents. Cameroon, a country of 23 million that hugs Africa's Gulf of Guinea, has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world. "The maps highlight the high-risk zones for transmission," said Boris Mbaho Tchaptchet, 21, speaking at a local youth club. "We located the love hotels,...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/25/17)
Roger Milla, who shot to worldwide fame for his World Cup goal celebrations, is now tackling flooding with a scheme to turn plastic blocking Cameroon's drains into building blocks. Milla's Coeur d'Afrique (Heart of Africa) is paying unemployed young people to collect the plastic which blocks drains and exacerbates flooding in Cameroon, with the waste then turned into slabs that can be used instead of concrete. "When it rains, the river floods and the plastic bottles come all the way...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a womens' health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test. Blandine is HIV positive. But the waiting is not for her -- it is to find out whether her one-year-old girl also has the human immunodeficiency virus. A few minutes later, she has her answer. "I am so relieved," Blandine said upon learning that her...
(AfricaNews 07/21/17)
A Malian fisherman who found the body of the late Bishop of Bafia, Jean-Marie Bénoit Bala, has been rewarded with FCFA 2 million ($3,545) by the Cameroonian government. 27-year-old Ali Aoudi Dienta who found the body two days after the bishop went missing in the Sanaga river was handed cash by the Governor of the Centre Region Naseri Paul Bea on Thursday, local media CamerounWeb reported. Bishop Jean-Marie Bénoit Bala was reported missing on May 31 after leaving his residence...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
Cameroon's security forces were on Thursday accused of torturing hundreds of Boko Haram suspects, leading to dozens of deaths, in what Amnesty International said was a war crime. The global human rights monitor said US and French military were also seen at one site where the abuses allegedly took place and urged Washington and Paris to investigate. Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency has devastated northeast Nigeria since it began in 2009, and the violence has spread to neighbouring countries, including northern...
(The Associated Press 07/20/17)
More than 100 people have been tortured by Cameroon security forces and held incommunicado in the past four years on suspicion of involvement with the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International. Such treatment has become routine and is practiced with impunity, and it violates both national and international law, the group said. In the majority of cases, people were held on little or no evidence. People are usually caught up in...

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