Life in Cameroon
Cameroon families live in
traditional mud and thatch homes common across the Sahel although the use of tin
and cement is becoming more common particularly in the south. Outside of urban
areas basic facilities like electricity are rare and in the north over half the
population does not have access to proper medical facilities. The majority of
these communities have a market place where on a daily, weekly or less often
basis women sell their produce such as palm oil whilst men trade their livestock
and bushmeat in a separate area. In the north of the country every village has
its own mosque, however modestly constructed.
Life in Cameroon is dominated by
men with both women and girls reduced pretty much to a role of servitude where
violence against them is common place. Many girls are subjected to the practise
of 'breast ironing'; an attempt to mutilate their breasts to prevent them
developing in order to ward off advances by boys who associate the growth of
breasts as a signal the girls are ready and available for intercourse.
70% of the
population is involved in agriculture which is mainly located in the cities of
Douala and Bonabéri whilst 13% are involved in industries such as timber,
tobacco, printing and the production of clay and glass items whilst the richest
in Cameroon are involved in the over inflated and widely regarded as corrupt and
inefficient service sector. Around 5000 are engaged in the fishing industry. Oh
and did we mention that the Cameroon national football team is a source of
national pride having won four African Cup of Nations titles and the gold medal
at the 2000 Olympics?
This video shows
images of daily life in Cameroon and gives a good look and feel about what its
like living in the country.
Human Development Index for
Cameroon 1980 - Present
(Human Development Index) is based upon the life
expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and living standards of a
country. Cameroon is in 150th place out of 186 countries and territories as of 2013.