There are many things they do here in Cameroon that make no sense to me, when you question them about it they say ' it is our African way', 'that's Africa' or 'its just what we do'. One example of this is overcrowding. In taxi's 2 share the front passenger seat. In Clando's which are private cars for longer journeys they have 4 on the back and 2 on the front seat. Which is illegal but the drivers just pay bribes to the police to continue or even worse the drivers are the police so they just get waved through check points. How will they ever beat corruption if one day the police man is stopping cars for being overfilled and the next driving one.
Anyway I digress in to the post about corruption. I was drawn this week to one of the first headlines I have seen on the BBC about Cameroon. It is about a boat that capsized off the coast of Cameroon near Limbe. It was sailing from Tiko to Nigeria. Tiko is a town not far from us, we have only ever been to the market and all we ever hear about it is being told it has a golf club. Anyway the boat capsized the numbers are pretty inaccurate but it is thought about 40 have died and only 20 were saved. With no emergency services here it was down to fishermen from Limbe to rescue the survivors. Many stayed in the water for 10 hours trying to keep alive. Today the BBC have published one of the survivors stories. This man says the boat was overfilled with people and cargo but when he told the driver they were overloaded before they set of the response was 'it's normal'. Will they learn from this sad experience, I hope so but truly doubt it. My guess is next week they will do the same journey with the same number of passengers and cargo.
Much of Cameroon's problem with development lies in the fact they do things they way they have all ways done them - the African way. They are happy this way and no one will be able to change that.