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25 06, 2017

Forced From Their Forests, Cameroon’s Female Pygmies Bear Brunt Of Alcohol Abuse

2017-10-25T22:46:11-04:00Tags: |

The Baka Pygmies of Eastern Cameroon know all too well how development projects can be used to destroy the livelihoods, homes and cultures. The nomadic-hunter gatherers have been pushed off their ancestral lands by mining and logging companies, as well as by conservation groups trying to save elephants and gorillas. Pushed into the territories of forest-dwelling ethnic groups, the result has been further conflict and a turn to alcohol as a way to deal with the myriad of problems facing them. Baku women are bearing the greatest brunt of the growing alcoholism, often facing brutal violence from their husbands and other male members of the community, in addition to the stress of having to find food and generate income. Photo credit: Josiane Kougheu/Thomson Reuters

15 08, 2006

Micro-Hydro Powers Rural Development In Cameroon

2017-08-26T13:42:40-04:00Tags: |

Though approximately 96% of Cameroon’s grid-based electricity comes from large dams, a large part of the population still lacks access to affordable power. However, women like Mrs. Tagme of Bansoa, Cameroon are taking advantage of micro-hydro power provided by Pelton turbines and local NGO ADEID. Women receive training in the administration, maintenance and community management of the infrastructure, including community finance mechanisms: things are looking up for Cameroonian women. Photo credit: Terri Hathaway