WBEZ | Cameroon http://www.wbez.org/tags/cameroon Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The privatization of prisons, gay rights in Cameroon and the music of Aziz Sahmaoui http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-24/privatization-prisons-gay-rights-cameroon-and-music-aziz-sahmaoui <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP316724524227.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We learn about the tight grip that multinational corporations have on prison industries in the U.S. and abroad. The murder of Cameroonian gay rights activist Eric Lemembe reflects anti-gay sentiment in the country. Tony Sarabia introduces us to Moroccan trance music.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102442310&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-privatization-of-prisons-gay-rights.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-privatization-of-prisons-gay-rights" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The privatization of prisons, gay rights in Cameroon and the music of Aziz Sahmaoui" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-24/privatization-prisons-gay-rights-cameroon-and-music-aziz-sahmaoui Global Activism: couple fights sickle cell disease in Cameroon http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/global-activism-couple-fights-sickle-cell-disease-cameroon-94508 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/sickle2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A genetic condition, sickle cell disease disproportionately affects those of African descent. Here in the U.S., one out of 12 African-Americans has the sickle cell trait, and one out of 400 contracts the disease.</p><p>Dr. Michael Neba is executive director of the <a href="http://jkolkman.web.officelive.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">Father John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation</a>. In their native Cameroon, Michael and his wife Florence recently helped form the first ever international conference on sickle cell disease. It drew experts from diverse fields in North America, Europe and Africa.</p><p>The Nebas' objective is to raise awareness of sickle cell and its impact on society — and to disperse the myths that surround the disease. In Cameroon and many parts of Africa, sickle cell carries a deep stigma and is often associated with witchcraft.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>The series depends on listener recommendations. To </em><em>suggest a person or organization for the series, go to the </em>Global Activism<em> <a href="wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a> or email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a>. Make sure to put “</em>Global Activism<em>” in the subject line. </em><em>Also, don't forget to subscribe to the </em><em><a href="wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a></em><em>. </em></p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/global-activism-couple-fights-sickle-cell-disease-cameroon-94508 Worldview 12.1.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-01/sickle1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A genetic condition that causes lifelong anemia, sickle cell affects millions worldwide, most commonly people of African descent. In Cameroon and parts of Africa, the disease is highly stigmatized and often attributed to witchcraft. Today, <em>Worldview</em> talks with Michael and Florance Neba, who helped organize the first ever international conference on sickle cell in their native Cameroon. Also, the busiest international crossing in the U.S. is in Detroit.&nbsp; Each year, more than $200 billion worth of trade crosses the border here to Canada, with trucks traveling across a privately-owned, highly congested bridge. Though Michigan politicians want to construct a new, state-of-the-art bridge, a wealthy businessman stands in the way. For <a href="http://wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a>, WBEZ’s Natalie Moore brings us the story of a bridge project that, so far, is going nowhere.</p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12111 Cameroon journalist advocates for freedoms in her country http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/cameroon-journalist-advocates-freedoms-her-country-84701 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-04/henriette_ekwe_michelle_obama_hillary_clinton_ns_600.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Henriette Ekwe Ebongo is regarded as one of the most influential female journalists in Cameroon. She’s spent a lifetime advancing press freedom, human rights, freedom of expression, good governance and gender equality. Henriette recently received the <a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/03/157710.htm" target="_blank">2011 International Women of Courage Award</a> from the U.S. State Department.</p><p>Ekwe has many admirers, but she remains a thorn in the side of Cameroon president Paul Biya's regime. We spoke to Henriette about her work while she was in town as a guest of <a href="http://www.worldchicago.org" target="_blank">WorldChicago</a>, a not-for-profit dedicated to citizen diplomacy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/cameroon-journalist-advocates-freedoms-her-country-84701 World Cup: No Africans in the Round of 16? http://www.wbez.org/EHague/2010/06/world-cup-no-africans-in-the-round-of-16/26872 <p>It'll be a huge disappointment for the tournament, but now that Cameroon has lost to Denmark, I'm going to stick my neck out and say that no African teams will be in the round of 16. Before the tournament began, I picked Cameroon to be Africa's best team because (a) They had the weakest opponents and, (b) Their star player, Eto'o was definitely going to play. With Cameroon out, what of the others?<!--break--> South Africa needs a miracle - they will have to beat France by a couple of goals and hope Uruguay beats Mexico. Nigeria is all but eliminated after 2 defeats. Algeria needs to beat the USA and hope that Slovenia tops England. Ghana will probably have to beat Germany, who will, at the same time, need to beat Ghana to progress. And unless Ivory Coast gets an unlikely result against Brazil, Group G will come down to who can score the most goals against DPR Korea, which as Brazil found out is easier said than done. So, that's my math, no African teams in the round of 16.</p> Sun, 20 Jun 2010 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/EHague/2010/06/world-cup-no-africans-in-the-round-of-16/26872