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Cameroon

Aline Onana

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Aline Onana moved to Ireland from Cameroon for the chance of a better life. She was pregnant when she arrived and her daughter Olivia was born in Portlaoise General Hospital. Although now separated from Olivia's father, Aline has settled in Portlaoise and she prefers the relative quiet of the town to the hectic city life of Dublin.

Her seven year old twin sons from another relationship are still living with her mother in Yaounde, the capital city of Cameroon. She's hopes that one day the twins will be able to join her in Ireland but in the meantime her job in administration means Aline can afford to send them to a private school and pay for their up keep.

In general the Irish have been quite friendly to Aline but she finds it difficult getting close to people and adapting to the stiffer social boundaries. Back home in Cameroon she was accustomed to friends and neighbours wandering in and out of each other's houses, which rarely happens here.

For the most part Aline has integrated quite well into Irish life and plans to stay for the foreseeable future.

Cameroon - Beginners Guide
Population:
16.6 Million

Language:
French and English, with as many as 270 different African languages spoken also.

Geography:
Cameroon is located in Western Africa and bordered by Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Equatorial New Quinea and the Bight of Biafra. Cameroon has a diverse landscape with costal plains, mountains and a central plateau.

Climate:
It has a tropical climate along the coast and hot in the north.

Economy:
Cameroon has good natural resources and favourable agricultural conditions. A relatively stable government has allowed some development of the agriculture, roads and railways. However corruption stunts further potential for economic growth.

Religion:
40% Christian, 40% Animist (indigenous religion), 20% Muslim

Silly Fact
Ireland played Cameroon directly after Roy Keane's World Cup Saipan exit. It was a draw

Famous Person from Cameroon
Samuel Etu. Soccer Player

Aline Onana
Aline Onana
Bob with Aline's Family
Bob with Aline's Family