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Residents Tremble as Mt. Cameroon Quakes

February 9th, 2012 by admin

Cracks on wall caused by tremor

By Divine Ntaryike Jr — Residents of various settlements straddling the foot of Mt Cameroon in the country’s southwest are increasingly panic-stricken. Over the past one week, they have been witnessing and reporting mild tremors and explosions on the highest geographical peak in West Africa.

The most palpable of the protracting volcanic activities was recorded Friday night. A group of Norwegian and Chinese sightseers heading to the mountain summit truncated their sleep and engaged a hasty retreat when loud explosions awoke them at close to midnight.

“It was about 11:45 pm. We heard a heavy explosion followed by some earth vibrations. It lasted about 7 seconds. There were flames and sulphuric acid coming out of a spot where we found ash and we decided to go back down,” Peter Linonge Buma, a guide accompanying the tourists recounted Saturday.

Many residents of Buea, the administrative headquarters of the South West Region perched on the foot of the mountain, say they are on their toes. They are readying to vacate should the prolonging tremors and explosions gather intensity.

“I have packed a bag and made arrangements to leave town as soon as the vibrations and explosions begin to gather intensity. One never knows when a full-scale eruption may occur,” Gladys Kang, a student at the University of Buea told Saturday. “Look around. Some of my neighbors have already bolted their doors and left as they cannot stand the earth tremors we’ve been witnessing over the past week.”

Geologists, trouping to Buea since the advent of the mild volcanic activity, have nonetheless been multiplying efforts at watering down the swelling fright. They are urging the population to remain calm, emphasizing that the ongoing abnormal behavior is routine for a volcanic highland of the stature of Mt Cameroon. They have been citing records to show that mild volcanic activity is but normal on the mountain.

The most recent eruptions on Mt Cameroon occurred in March 1999 and May 2000. The 4100-metre-high mountain lies along what geologists call the Cameroon volcanic line which stretches from the Gulf of Guinea to the northern parts of the country.

Peace Corps staff 2012

February 9th, 2012 by bobebill

Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Improve Health

February 7th, 2012 by admin

Some of the women who will benefit from the health clinic.
12 JANUARY 2012
Washington — A U.S. Peace Corps volunteer is helping to build a new health center in northern Cameroon that will eventually serve more than 14,000 people.

Volunteer Cheryl Finell is working with her local community to build the center, which will serve 15 villages. Currently, the nearest health center in the community is 17 kilometers away, on a road that is often impassable during Cameroon’s rainy season.

“While talking with residents of the area, local leaders and the staff of the nearest health center, the need to build a health center in the village became painfully obvious,” Finell said in a January 12 Peace Corps press release. “Once constructed, the center will be integrated into the government’s health care system, the government will send health care professionals and medical equipment to the center, and money will be allocated for the health center’s budget,” Finell said.

The Clark University graduate, from Bronxville, New York, has been serving as a community health volunteer in Cameroon since 2010. A portion of the funds for the health clinic was raised through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, which helps fund Peace Corps volunteer community projects worldwide. To receive funding through this program, a community must make a 25 percent contribution to the total project cost and outline what will make the project a success. This helps ensure community ownership and a greater chance of long-term sustainability.

More than 3,280 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Cameroon since the program was established in 1962, and 221 volunteers now serve in the country. They work in the areas of education, environment, agriculture, health, business and information technology. They are trained and work in Pidgin English and French.

The Peace Corps, established to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. Its 9,095 current volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries.