Report: C.A.R. leader fled to Cameroon
Seleka rebel coalition members in a village 12 kilometers from Damara, on January 10.
March 25th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Report: C.A.R. leader fled to Cameroon

Central African Republic President Francois Bozize is in Cameroon after rebels took his country's capital on Sunday, Cameroon state TV reported Monday.

Bozize is seeking refuge in Cameroon but hoping to move to another country, the report says.

Bozize fled the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, after rebels seized control of the city, a government official said Sunday. A written statement from an official with the Seleka rebels referred to Bozize as the country's former president and urged residents of the landlocked country to remain calm and prepare themselves to welcome rebel forces.


Filed under: Cameroon • Central African Republic
France: We won't negotiate with kidnappers
Cameroonian security officials stand at the vehicle a French family was driving before being kidnapped.
February 26th, 2013
05:20 AM ET

France: We won't negotiate with kidnappers

France will not negotiate with the Islamist rebels who kidnapped a French family in Cameroon, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.

"We do not negotiate on these bases, with those groups," Le Drian said on French radio station RTL. "We will use all possible means to secure the release of hostages."

The radio announcement comes a day after rebels in Nigeria released a chilling video of the family that was abducted in neighboring Cameroon.

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Filed under: Cameroon • France
September 17th, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Floods in northern Cameroon kill nearly 30 people

Flooding in Cameroon's Far North Region has killed nearly 30 people and affected more than 26,000 others, officials said Monday.

More than 4,000 people in the Logone and Shari division were displaced, and more than 22,000 people in the region of Maga, Mayo-Danay division, also have been affected.

Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary described the flooding as "a calamity," and he called for urgent action to save lives, livestock and property. Dana FM, a local radio station, said the death toll will grow as bodies are collected and identified. For the past few weeks, there has been no sign of the flood easing.

The floodwaters have submerged areas like Benoue, Faro, Louti and Mayo. Homes, crops and barns have been destroyed and herds of livestock killed. Heavy rainfall that has lasted nearly a month has fractured the Lagdo Dam, causing the Benoe River to flood nearby villages.

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Filed under: Africa • Cameroon • Flooding • Weather
Rare gorilla species spotted on forest camera
Cross River gorillas are said to be the world’s rarest gorillas, with only about 250 still alive.
May 9th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

Rare gorilla species spotted on forest camera

A rare species of gorillas was captured on one of four video cameras set up in Cameroon’s Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Cross River gorillas are said to be the world’s rarest gorillas, with only about 250 still alive.

“This video gives us all a spectacular view into the hidden world of one of our closest relatives, which is in dire need of our help to survive,” Steve Sanderson, president of the Wildlife Conservation Society,  said in an online statement.

Cross River gorillas are also the world’s most shy gorillas, at least around researchers. They don’t seem bothered by cameras though.

Footage from one camera shows several Cross River gorillas walking in the forest.

One male silverback appears to be showing off, researchers say. He beats his chest and appears to run toward the camera. Another gorilla takes a break and leans against a tree. One gorilla seems to be missing a hand.

“Cross River gorillas occur in very low densities across their entire range, so the appearance of a possible snare injury is a reminder that continued law enforcement efforts are needed to prevent further injuries to gorillas in the sanctuary,” said Dr. Liz Macfie, gorilla coordinator for WCS’s Species Program.

The Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary was established by the government of Cameroon in 2008 to protect the endangered gorillas. It evolved out of the “Gorilla Guardian” community network, created by the WCS to give gorillas a better chance to survive in unprotected forest sites in Cameroon.

Kagwene is the only site where daily monitoring of Cross River gorilla movements takes place, WCS says.

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Filed under: Cameroon • Gorillas