03 September 2012

The road to Yaoundé

Dear Friends

It has been several days since I last wrote you! But if you continue to read you will surely understand why it was impossible for me to write.
Every day we leave early in the morning and come back to the hotel late at night exhausted.

On Saturday we took the bus (very modern, not like the buses in the stories of the backpackers in India) from Douala to Yaoundé, 260 km of tropic forestry, the landscape was very beautiful and very interesting, every some 50Km was a resting stop in which locals sold fruit, bread and different snacks to the weary travelers. Travelers bought food from the open window. The trip took 4 and half hours, the road was narrow but fairly good, with quite a lot of police presence, and speed cameras, apparently there have been a lot of fatal accidents and the government decided to take an initiative. There was one pipi stop, men went to the right, women to left of the road, and it was very practical and natural.

the bus station in Douala

The tropical road to Yaoundé

the rest stops on the way


Cameroon ranges from Sahelian semi-desert in the north through grassland to equatorial forest in the south. It has significant natural resources, including oil, high value timber species, and agricultural products (coffee, cotton, cocoa). Untapped resources include natural gas, iron, bauxite, and cobalt.
The Cameroonian economy is relatively diversified, with services accounting for 44% of 2009 GDP, agriculture and manufacturing 19% each, and oil and mining 7%.
Poverty rates are close to 40%. 55% of rural households are poor—compared with 12% of urban households—and about 87% of the poor live in rural areas.
Although in some places there is 3000mm rain a year and it is tropical weather other areas in the north are not so lucky. In the North it is desert which was struck by famine this year, there, there is not enough water, in the south there is enough water but it is contaminated and needs treatment and in the cities some are connected to an urban water distribution system and some are not and even those that are do not have a stable source.
in the city of Yaoundé although the water system there are water hortages and tanks and water containers are needed

El Hadj and Avi near a water pump in one of the new districts in the city
So many things to do it is overwhelming, but all needs to be done one step at a time.
 A church

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