Feb. 23/17 - At present, tensions are high in Cameroon. These tensions are rooted in the colonial history of the country. France and Britain controlled parts of Cameroon until the country gained independence in 1961. The United Nations unified the two sections of the country and helped form a government. This government is French. English-speaking Cameroonians make up 17 percent of the population. For decades they have lobbied to be treated as equal citizens.
Thousands of Anglophone teachers, lawyers and students are protesting the dominance of the French language in courts, classrooms and other parts of society. Of the country's 10 regions, people in the two English-speaking regions say they are being treated as second-class citizens by the predominantly French-speaking central government. Lawyers complain judges assigned to their region use French in their courts and don't have an understanding of the English common law system they use. Most teachers are trained in French and look for jobs and opportunities in the Francophone regions, contributing to underdevelopment and marginalisation of Cameroon Anglophones. The English speaking Cameroonian communities feel that their local culture and local languages are under threat, and are calling for a complete overhaul of the administrative system.
As teachers are on strike students (from primary to university) are not currently attending school. Rest assured that sponsorship services are ongoing. However, it is difficult to reach the Site Staff as the Government has suspended all internet services in the Anglophone regions.
Our Site Staff have asked to pray that God will inspire those in charge to look for a lasting solution. Please join us in praying for Cameroonians. You can see the prayer we are praying at the Chalice office here.
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Cameroon is located in West Africa between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria. It is known as 'Africa in Miniature' due to its geological diversity which features a coastal plain in the southwest, dissected plateau in the center, mountains in the west, and plains in the north, as well as its cultural diversity and vast styles of native music. It is also one of the wettest lands on the earth with annual rainfall of about 1028 cm. Waza National Park has some of the richest fauna and flora found in Africa.
Life in Cameroon
Cameroon has relatively high political and social stability, when compared to the rest of Africa, resulting in the development of agriculture, roads, and petroleum industries. It is known for coffee, cocoa, cotton, bananas, and oilseeds. An estimated 70% of the population farms. Most farms are at the subsistence scale using simple tools. More than 30% of Cameroonians live on less than $1.25 per day. The Infant Mortality Rate is very high at 60.91 deaths/1000 live births. Life Expectancy is only 54.39 years.
Cameroon provides free primary education from state-run schools or subsidised private and religious facilities. Parents must provide uniforms, books, supplies, etc. Impoverished families who cannot afford this have a literacy rate of about 68%. Secondary education is difficult to achieve because of the high costs. School attendance rates are higher in the south where there are many more teachers compared to the north, which is chronically understaffed. Young girls are often trafficked from the North to the South due to limited access to secondary education.
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Cameroon StatisticsPopulation: Almost 21 million
Percentage of Youth: 40.5% are under age 14
Life Expectancy: 54.39 years
Currency: Central African Franc
Time Zone: WAT (UTC+1) same as France
Language: English and French, home to over 200 linguistic groups. Beneficiaries speak Lamso and Pidgin
Independence Day from France & England: October 1, 1960
Home Of: In 2013 CNK Mining (Korea) reported a significant diamond discovery in the southeast and plans to open a mine in the near future
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