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Latest news from Cameroon

CAMEROON: No time to waste in strengthening fragile dam, warn experts

DAKAR, 4 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - A fragile natural dam in northwest Cameroon needs urgent attention to prevent its eroded northern wall breaking, releasing a torrent of water and poisonous gas clouds that could kill thousands of people, warned a UN expert on Tuesday.Full report

CAMEROON: Quarter of a million people face food shortages in north

DAKAR, 22 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Almost a quarter of a million people in neglected northern Cameroon are faced with serious food shortages and more than US $1 million is still needed to ensure they all get emergency rations, the UN World Food Programme said on Thursday. Full report

CAMEROON-CHAD: Oil project thrusts aside human rights, Amnesty says

DAKAR, 7 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - The Chad-Cameroon oil project flouts international human rights guarantees, placing financial interests above the concerns of local populations along the 650-kilometre pipeline, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.Full report

CAMEROON: Fragile dam - a time bomb that could kill thousands, but when will it go off?

YAOUNDE, 1 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - When the natural dam at Lake Nyos in north west Cameroon collapses, tonnes of water will course through the surrounding valleys and 10,000 villagers could be killed, geologists say.Full report

CENTRAL AFRICA: Ministers says rural electrification a must in war on poverty

BRAZZAVILLE, 14 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Energy ministers from countries in Central Africa said on Wednesday the provision of electricity must be part of their national strategic plans to end poverty. Full report

CAMEROON: At least 30 West Africans drown after boat capsizes off coast

YAOUNDE, 5 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - At least 30 West Africans drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Cameroon, en route to Gabon from Nigeria, state radio reported on Tuesday. Full report

CAMEROON: Government complains to UN about border incidents with Nigeria

YAOUNDE, 23 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Cameroon has said it will complain to the United Nations about several recent incidents with Nigerian troops in the disputed Bakassi peninsula, one of which led to the death of a Cameroonian soldier.Full report

CAMEROON-NIGERIA: Cameroon soldier killed on disputed Bakassi peninsula

YAOUNDE, 21 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - A Cameroon soldier was killed and another seriously injured this weekend in the first deadly incident reported in a decade on the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula disputed by Cameroon and Nigeria, according to a senior military officer in Yaounde.Full report

CAMEROON: Cholera outbreak on wane after 42 deaths

YAOUNDE, 9 May 2005 (IRIN) - A cholera outbreak which has killed at least 42 people and infected almost 1,400 since the beginning of the year in western Cameroon despite government measures to contain the disease, is finally receding, health officials told IRIN on Monday. Full report

CAMEROON: At least two students shot dead in university protests

YAOUNDE, 29 Apr 2005 (IRIN) - Two university students have been shot dead in a clash with soldiers at Buea University in English-speaking western Cameroon, the government said on Friday. Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Cameroon

CAMEROON: Clinical trial of anti-HIV drug on sex workers in question

CAMEROON: Bleak prospects for 2004 elections

CAMEROON: Privatisation provides no instant solution for electricity company

CAMEROON: Bridge to prosperity taken away by oil pipeline builders

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