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Cameroon - News and Analysis

What Does the Tactic of Foreign Kidnappings Tell us about Boko Haram?

If the abduction of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun is confirmed to have been conducted by Boko Haram, it will be the Islamist militants' third kidnapping in northern Cameroon.

Will it be Famine or Feast for Africa as Big Food Retailers Look to the Continent?

Multinationals such as Walmart and Carrefour could easily deal a blow to smaller traders and markets in Africa. But if they choose to work with local firms, they could be a blessing.

Pentecostal Preachers Blamed for Polio Outbreak in Cameroon

Having been polio free for nearly 5 years, Cameroon has recently recorded four new cases. Are Pentecostalism's anti-medicine teachings responsible?

Getting Girls into School: Cameroon's Ongoing Struggle

Despite improving school enrolment statistics in Cameroon, girls continue to lag behind boys due to a complex mix of economic and cultural factors.

Opposition Stages Useless Mini-Comeback in Cameroon' Parliamentary Elections

The ruling party's parliamentary majority was cut back in Cameroon's latest elections. But with 148 of the 180 seats still in its control, these losses will make no difference.

Cameroon Pastoralists Fight for their Way of Life

After years of struggles against governments and private parties, the Mbororo-Fulani are gaining international attention. But is this too little too late?

Nigeria’s Oil Pirates: A Global Problem with Very Local Roots

Regional security initiatives might help in the fight against West African piracy, but far more important is addressing the socio-economic environment in which the criminality thrives.

Malnutrition in Cameroon: Agony Alongside Abundance

Despite fertile lands, malnourishment is rife in the north of Cameroon. Political prioritisation and investment are crucial and urgent.

The Rise and Rise of Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

West Africa's Gulf of Guinea has overtaken the Somali coast as Africa's main piracy hotspot, and this upward trend looks set to continue.

Who Owns the Land? Cameroon's Large-Scale Land-Grabs

As part of a trend that is accelerating across Africa, thousands of Cameroonians have been displaced from their homelands to make way for large-scale agribusiness projects.

Cameroon Kidnapping Could Signal Islamist Militants' New Cross-Border Focus

Nigerian-based militant groups look likely to expand their operational reach to neighbouring countries, as seen in the recent hostage taking in Cameroon.

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