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Cameroon: Writer Patrice Nganang reported missing

Jeune Afrique reports that just a day after his publication of a report criticising the Cameroonian government on its website, the Cameroonian writer Patrice Nganang “disappeared” on Wednesday night at the Douala International airport, while he was preparing to travel.

Since Wednesday night, Patrice Nganang’s family has not heard from him, the French news site adds. According to his wife, of Zimbabwean origin, “he had to leave Cameroon yesterday December 6 by Kenyan Airways in a flight to Harare. His friend who dropped him off at the Douala airport confirmed that he had completed the registration formalities. But he did not arrive in Harare at 23:30, as planned.” His worried, wife called Kenyan Airways, and the airline confirmed that Patrice Nganang had checked in his luggage but did not show up for the flight.

Nganang’s Road Map as a Critic

During his stay in Cameroon, the writer, who resides in the United States, visited a dozen English-speaking cities where the government deployed troops to crack down on secessionists. The writer on December 5, published an article “Carnet de route en zone (dite) anglophone” on Jeune Afrique’s website, in which he criticizes the regimes approach in resolving a crisis that has been ongoing for more than a year.

Patrice Nganang was arrested in 2014 by Cameroonian police as he was preparing to chair the Bibi Ngota Awards ceremony to journalists. He was released a few hours later.

Patrice Nganang is the author of La Promesse des fleurs, Dog Days, La Joie de vivre, Dernières nouvelles du colonialisme, L’Invention du beau regard, 2005, Mont Plaisant, and La Saison des prunes.

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