Cameroon

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INFORMATION

Capital: Yaoundé

Government: Unitary Dominant-Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Paul Biya

Economy:

  • Modest oil reserves and favorable agricultural conditions lend Cameroon one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Commercial and economic leader in the sub-region.
  • Highly dependent on commodity exports.
  • Despite this, the economy in Cameroon suffers from economic mismanagement, pervasive corruption, and a challenging business environment (for local and foreign investors).

Population: 23,135,000 (2014)

Land Size: 475,442 sq km (183,568 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Cameroon Highlanders (Bamileke, Bamoun): 31%
  • Equatorial Bantu (Bassa, Douala): 19%
  • Kirdi: 11%
  • Fulani: 10%
  • Northwestern Bantu: 8%
  • Eastern Nigritic: 7%
  • Other African: 13%
  • Non-African: < 1%
Religions:

  • Indigenous beliefs: 40%
  • Christian: 40%
  • Muslim: 20%

Language(s):

  • Budu
  • Beti
  • Pidgin
  • English (official)
  • French (official)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Sun - Apr 22, 2018: UN Warns Cameroon Over Nigeria Refugees - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Leadership] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Cameroonian authority not to send Nigerian refugees back to the Boko Haram violence they fled from.
  • Sun - Apr 22, 2018: Cameroon Denies It Forcibly Sent Back Nigerian Refugees - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [VOA] Cameroon is denying a report by the U.N. refugee agency that it has forcibly repatriated close to 400 Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers since January, but it says people running to areas prone to regular attacks by Boko Haram had to be moved to safer localities.
  • Sat - Apr 21, 2018: Cameroon Govt Cracks Down on Social Media Leaks - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [VOA] Sixteen government employees have been detained in Cameroon for allegedly leaking official documents on social media since the start of the year.
  • Sat - Apr 21, 2018: Don't Send Nigerian Refugees Back to Boko Haram Violence - UN - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Vanguard] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Cameroonian authority not to send Nigerian refugees back to the Boko Haram violence they fled from.
  • Sat - Apr 21, 2018: Do Not Send Refugees Back to the Violence They Fled From, UN Agency Urges Cameroon - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [UN News] Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency has said, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need.