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Story Publication logo February 3, 2022

Wood Energy: The Charcoal Makers of East Cameroon Express Their Dismay at Road Hassles (French)


A pile of bags.

The legal charcoal value chain is promoted by the government in Cameroon.


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"The elements of what the gendarmerie make us see on the way are unbearable. You can even abandon a load of coal and go somewhere else. The parafiscality is considerable," says Martin Minko, president of the Network of Coal Producers from Forest Concessions in the East (Rechacofest).

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"Recently, my truck was immobilized in Edéa from 4 pm to 4 am. I was not notified of anything. I had to call the Secretariat of State for Defense (SED) at 1501 and threaten to have a bailiff come to release us," said Lazare N., a coal buyer in Lomié.

Image by Irénée Modeste Bidima. Cameroon, 2022.