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In Cameroon's Rain Forest, a Fragile Way of Life

By James Whitlow Delano - 2014-04-03T22:22:38Z

Photograph by James Whitlow Delano for

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Christopher Achobang, a Cameroonian activist who opposes the Herakles project, addresses villagers in Sikam, which abuts both the proposed Herakles Farms concession and Korup National Park. Loggers on the northern fringe of their land, unaffiliated with Herakles, have already cut down large trees and left them to rot. According to Achobang, local people believe that the spirits of their dead family members inhabit the giant trees, and to cut down these trees would be to kill the vessels that harbor the souls of their ancestors.