Category Archives: Cameroon

Cameroon on the brink of civil war

Article published in Göteborgsposten
7 October 2018
By Arison Tamfu
Photos: Rodrigue Mbock
 

Cameroon. Paul Biya, Cameroon’s president, almost holds the world record for time in office. Today, Sunday, he’s likely to be given another seven years. But the country is increasingly divided. Separatists have declared independence in the English-speaking parts of the country, and violence is escalating.

Full article (in Swedish) here:
 http://www.gp.se/nyheter/v%C3%A4rlden/kamerun-p%C3%A5-randen-till-inb%C3%B6rdeskrig-1.9726458

Armed men stormed the studio

Chronicle published in Journalisten
4 January 2017
By  Arison Tamfu

Cameroon. Cameroon’s president Paul Biya, 83, has occupied his post for 34 years and is one of most Africa’s long-lived rulers. At the beginning of 2008 he announced that he wanted to modify the constitution, implicitly securing his power hold for life. Masses of Cameroonians took to the streets to protest.

I was working at the privately owned Equinoxe Television (ETV) – one of the most popular TV channels in the country – and on February 25 I was meant to interview the leader of the opposition, Fru Ndi, about the suggested changes to the constitution.

I had barely started the interview before armed police stormed the studio and ordered the interview to stop and the TV channel to be shut down. A few weeks later, the constitution was changed to the president’s advantage.

Full article here: https://www.journalisten.se/kronika/bevapnade-man-stormade-studion