Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Pope is coming to Yaoundé next week. As always when we get important visitors, the city is getting a face lift. Everyone who lives or has a business along the route between the main cathedral and the airport is forced to clean up their grounds and put on a fresh coat of paint. In places where there are unsightly views (such as garbage dumps or slum areas), large fences are erected by the side of the road to hide them. Yesterday the police went through the city [Read more here], chasing away vendors and tearing down their stalls. We have been advised to stock up on provisions this week and lie low during the papal visit.