No toy guns allowed in Cameroon

No toy guns for Christmas presents in Cameroon

Cameroon children will be celebrating Christmas and New Years without replica gun toys as presents. The government of the central African nation is asking its citizens to stop buying toy guns as gifts for children.

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Christmas is a time of giving and kids are excited to receive gifts. One such popular gift is a replica gun, but not in Cameroon.

Authorities have moved in to prohibit the importation, sale and use of replica guns in an initiative to improve public safety. Cameroon concluded that replica firearms for children promote a violent culture.

Most of the toys sold in Cameroon are said to be brought into the country through neighboring Nigeria, which has suffered from terrorism attacks by Boko Haram fighters.

Mani Dieudonne, an official charged with implementing the ban at Cameroon’s Ministry of Territorial Administration said they took the decision because threats of gun violence have been increasing in the country.

“Armed robbers have used toy guns to rob families and have snatched very durable property,” said Dieudonne .

Robbery victims often do not have time to notice if the robbers are holding genuine weapons when they attack, he added.

“Robbers attacked a family in Douala and when the police arrested them, they noticed that they had used toy guns. We now have criminals who are buying toy guns during this period [Christmas] to use them and embarrass families,” said Dieudonne.

Weihnachten KamerunToys on display in central Yaounde toy shop

Replica gun sales down

At Saint Anastasie, a popular park and tourist attraction in the centre of Yaounde, Cameroon’s political capital, nine year old Kennedy Afubai used his electronic Kalashnikov toy gun to shoot at objects.

The toy gun sprayed little water filled bubbles when Kennedy pulled its trigger

“As you can see I am using my gun to shoot and kill enemies so that they do not continue attacking us. I will kill all of them,” said Afubai.

Barely 500 meters from the park is a toy gun shop. Its owner, Yannick Fru, had just sold the 30th gun of the holiday season.

“People still come and ask for toy guns but the number is not as huge as before and those that usually ask are the boys who insist that their parents buy toy guns for them,” said Fru.

At Fru’s shop, Tangwa Joseph, a father of three, argued with his seven-year-old son and refuses to buy him a toy gun as a Christmas gift.

“When children get used to toy guns they may misuse and cause harm when they come across real guns,” Tangwa said.

“Toy guns should not be bought for kids. You can buy other toys like Scrabble and Monopoly. Toy guns are very dangerous for kids,” he added.

Cameroon’s national commission on human rights and freedoms has congratulated the government for the ban but is asking for additional efforts in making sure it is effective.

Eugene Ngalim from the commission says the main concern is the increase of weapons and small arms throughout central Africa. Traffickers are said to pretend to sell toy guns and instead supply real weapons.

“You hear countries that are at war on a daily basis. Where are the weapons going after war?” asked Ngalim.

“Most of the weapons are ending up in wrong hands. Cameroon is surrounded by countries that are always at war. It is a serious security issue,” added Ngalim.

Weihnachten KamerunBustling roadside toy vending market in central Yaounde

Legislation yet to be enacted

No legislation has been enacted to ban the use of toy guns in Cameroon. Sociologist Anni Doriane says it is imperative to enact anti-imitation firearm laws.

“Toy manufacturers should respect security norms because dangerous toys exist. Our society has ethics so we must avoid toys that seem to encourage violence,” said Doriane . “Consider ethics in your choice of toys. The choice of toys should take into consideration the objectives we set for our kids and should first of all respect security norms.”

Cameroon is not the first country to ban such toys. Earlier this month, US entertainment theme parks Disney and Universal Studios boosted security measures and banned toy guns. The theme parks installed metal detectors and discontinued the sale of toy guns at its stores following the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris.

DW

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New music from Numerica “Na you and Me”

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Douala, Cameroon (December 09, 2015) – Cameroonian artist Numerica returns with a brand new single titled ‘Na You and Me’, from his ‘My Own Way’ EP released in May 2015.

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‘Na You and Me’ (It’s you and me in French) is a rather special kind of love song, a tribute to feminine charm with a twist of humour.

 

In this mixture of romance and ego trip, Numerica stays true to his musical style: a perfect blend of Afropop and Coupe Decale mixed with bendskin sounds.

A song that comes right on time to celebrate the end of the year. The video is in preparation, and we can honestly not wait to see it!

 

Numerica was recently in Nigeria for his nomination at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) in the category ‘Best Male Artist in Central Africa. He has also been nominated at the 2016 KORA Awards in the category ‘Most Promising Male Artist of Africa’.

 

‘Na You and Me’ is already available for streaming on the singer’s official website,www.numerica237.com, and the song can be downloaded on various music websites.

 

LINKS:

Official website: Numerica: www.numerica237.com

Facebook: Numerica Officiel

Twitter/Instagram: @Numerica237

Very sad;- 2 Cameroonians set on fire by Moroccan police

Two Cameroonian migrants aged 23 and 24 were reportedly set on fire ‘deliberately’ by the Moroccan police. According to France 24 news reports, the incident happened near the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Morocco. The policemen allegedly set fire to mattresses and blankets at the entrance of a cave they were hiding in.

The asylum seekers nicknamed Vapeur (The Steam) and Le Bire escaped during the evacuation of a migrant camp in the Moroccan city of Fnideq, 7km from Ceuta, and were hiding in a cave where the police are said to have set fire to their mattresses and blankets at the entrance of the cave, which resulted in their suffocation and death.

“There was a lot of smoke and a strange smell,” said a migrant who called himself ‘Pierre B’. “After the police left, I went into the cave. I put a cloth over my nose and tried to see what was inside. That was when I saw one body…. I immediately turned around. Then I was told there was not one, but two,” ‘Pierre B’ told France 24.

Helena Maleno, a volunteer for the Spanish organisation Caminando Fronteras, Helena Maleno, based near Tanger, told the press she has noticed an increase in anti-migrant violence during recent months.
Several eye witnesses, however, said the military started the fire and not the police.

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Feeling myself: JayJay

Artist/Producer JayJay and his team have announced his comeback.JayJay who has been silent for more than 2 years after the release ofZangalewa in 2013 is finally resurfacing. He explains he has been working on his project and building his team and is now finally ready to feed his hungry fans and supporters with good music.

After contributing a verse on the song “Because of You” of Nigerian Artist/Producer Masterkraft a few months back, JayJay has also gone back in front of the camera to shoot the video for his next release titled “Feeling Maself” produced by BadManBeatz (JayJay himself) and directed by Adah Akenji.


The song has not yet been released and the video is set to surface this December.  In the meantime, excited fans can enjoy the behind the scenes shots of the video shoot and stay connected on his social media platforms…

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JayJay on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialjayjaypage

JayJay on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/endinayi

JayJay on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/officialjayjay

JayJay on Youtube: http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWCap3k9uJw

JayJay on Soundcloud: http://www. soundcloud.com/jayjay237

#TeamJay Contacts:

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PR (Nfor Bright): +237690674642

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Breast ironing perpetuated to”protect them” from violence in Cameroon

A worker with some of the tools used for FGM in Africa
 When Grace Tchami started showing signs of puberty at age 9, her mother, hoping to protect her, began to torture her. At about 7 o’clock every morning, her mother would take one of the heavy stone pestles used for grinding food and heat it burning hot over a charcoal fire, then press it on Grace’s breasts, attempting to flatten them.

In a small, bamboo-roofed kitchen behind the house, Grace remembers, Mama performed this procedure day after day for three months. Grace’s older brother would hold her legs so she couldn’t run away. And then, still reeling from the ordeal, Grace would be sent along to elementary school.

I met Grace, who is now 16, in this southern Nigerian town where she had traveled across the Cameroonian border to buy fabric for her mother’s sewing business. She said she is permanently scarred and still suffers from the trauma. She said her mother told her the goal was to make her less desirable to boys, and thus to kill any chance of her getting pregnant early.

Grace became pregnant at the age of 15, but sadly lost her child during childbirth.
She said breast ironing is even more painful than childbirth, and that it did nothing to prevent her from getting pregnant before marriage.

“The whole practice was useless after all..Rather than teach, breast ironing kills. My mother should have taught me sex education, rather she let this evil practice devastate me.

And Grace is not alone. The tradition of “breast ironing” has gone on for years in Cameroon, and appears to be spreading among parents who hope to keep their daughters out of the hands of Boko Haram’s brutal jihadists. Maryam, a Cameroonian hairdresser now based in Ikom, said she had practiced breast ironing on two of her daughters, added that other methods can also be used in the practice

 The process of breast ironing requires the use of any metal, including wooden sticks, pestles, spatulas, spoons and rocks,. “The heat from these tools is expected to melt the fat on the breast, and stop it from projecting.Most people prefer to wrap very tight elastic bandages around the chest of their daughters overnight, but that system usually keeps the girls very uncomfortable,” she said. “For my daughters, I used hot coconut shells or heated stones to flatten their breasts.”

One Cameroonian mother, who recently began breast ironing on her daughter, told me in Ikom, where she came to buy goods, that she was carrying out the practice in an attempt to make her child less attractive to Boko Haram members who have been abducting adolescent girls and forcing them into marriage.

“I live in Tiko in the southwest but my daughter schools in Maroua in the far north where terrible things happen, and I won’t take chances,” she said. “If they [Boko Haram] don’t see her breast, they won’t think she has come of age.”

Another Cameroonian lady who was in Ikom for trade said she and her sister carried out breast ironing on each of their two daughters, because militants were abducting girls in Maroua where they lived.

“We didn’t want our daughters to be taken to the Sambisa forest,” the lady who gave her name as Agathe said. “It wasn’t just us. Many women did it on their daughters for the same reason.”

Musa Oumarou another of Cameroon’s hundreds of traders visiting Ikom daily.

 “I visited a compound in Mokolo where every girl had undergone the procedure,” “A woman whose daughter narrowly escaped Boko Haram capture started the procedure on her lucky child and then convinced her neighbors to carry out the same act on their daughters.”

The United Nations says breast ironing now affects 3.8 million women around the world. While the U.S. human rights report suggested reports of the practice are “rare,” the local press in Cameroon has reported that up to 50 percent of girls undergo the very painful procedure on a daily basis.

Analysts say breast ironing was initially done by women with the thought of improving a mother’s breast milk. But the thought later changed when rape and teenage pregnancy became rampant. Mothers began to carry out the procedure on their girls as they believed that their daughters’ breasts would expose them to the risk of sexual harassment and early pregnancies.

Culled from the Daily Beast