In Cameroon, applicants face a long wait for ID papers
05 February 2021 | 3:39 pm
Getting official identification papers is an exhausting process in Cameroon. Some applicants have waited for over five years with no results. As a result, some resort to the black market. Also, one sustainability project in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan gives discarded plastic a second life by turning it into bricks to build schools. And we take a look at the larger-than-life work of a French graffiti artist who has headed to Cape Town to make his mark.
Hosts Cameroon overcame a resilient, goalkeeperless Comoros team 2-1 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil. But the result was overshadowed by events which took place outside the stadium in Yaoundé, where a stampede tragically claimed at least eight lives. Earlier in the day, Gambia's dream run continued as they edged out Guinea, winning their first ever knockout game in their maiden tournament. The Scorpions will go head-to-head against Cameroon at the Douala stadium on Saturday for a place in the semi-final. Jean-Emile Jammine is joined by Sports Editor Simon Harding and James Vasina.
The Ebo rainforest in Cameroon is part of the second-largest tropical forest in the world. It is home to rare primates including gorillas. But poachers and logging companies threaten the forest and its inhabitants.
There have been lots of memorable moments at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, most of it involving some of the so-called lesser countries. But do you really know where some of these self-styled smaller nations are situated in Africa?
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ECOWAS leaders hold an emergency summit in Ghana after a series of coups on the continent. Also, Mali's cotton sector is hit hard by ECOWAS measures after its military coup. In Nigeria, an explosion on an oil vessel off the coast sparks fears of environmental damage; the fate of 10 crew members is also still unclear. And Egypt beat Cameroon on penalties to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Russia declares war against Ukraine - that's how the western press reports on Vladimir Putin's decision to launch a full-scale military operation in Ukraine. Russian government websites, meanwhile, deny such operations. We also look at the underlying reasons for why diplomacy has failed and finally, bring you the illustrated press' take on the situation.
We bring you some of the shell-shocked reactions from the world's papers after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. One image in particular of a bloodied woman emerging from bombardments has defined this first day. We also look at the Russian papers and one anti-Kremlin publication which vows to publish in both Russian and Ukrainian as a symbol of solidarity. Finally, we bring you the illustrated press' reactions as well.
English-speaking separatist militias in Cameroon are partnering with Nigerian separatists. The cross-border alliance between the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) is raising fears of accelerating violence.
Wednesday, March 9: We look at reactions from the British press after the Ukrainian President's speech to the House of Commons, imploring Britain for more help in fighting the Russian invasion. Also, the economic impact of the war is dominating the European front pages. Finally, we look at the Ukrainian sportsmen and women who are taking up arms to fight the Russians.
Did you know that in Anglophone Cameroon, schoolkids don't wear uniforms? It's to avoid being identified by attackers. Also, they don't attend school on Mondays. Our teen reporter, 16-year-old Lum Precious, speaks with her peers in the first episode of GirlZOffMute from Cameroon. They appeal to President Paul Biya to act immediately so that kids no longer fear being attacked on their way to school
In Bamenda, Cameroon an organization uses sport to demobilize and bring separatist fighters back into society.
Armed men kidnapped the MSF employees on Feb. 24 from the group's base in Cameroon's Far North region in Fotokol, which is near Nigeria and Chad. Those kidnapped and subsequently released include a Senegalese, Chadian and Franco-Ivorian along with their two Cameroon security guards.
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