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Muslims go for Substitutes as Sacrificial Sheep are Scarce

VOA | Cameroon Muslims are looking for alternatives for the sacrifice as recommended by prophet Muhammad on the day of the Eid al-Adha feast. Sheep, traditionally slaughtered, have become very scarce as a result of the Boko Haram conflict and separatist war in the country’s main production areas.

Hundreds of Muslims are buying food stuffs from the popular market called “Marche Huitieme” in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde in preparation for the feast of sacrifice.

In Cameroon, large numbers of sacrificial animals, especially sheep, are slaughtered and their meat distributed to the poor as a religious tradition in Islam.

41-year old Abdoul Aziz says for the first time in 20 years, he will not have a sheep to sacrifice.

He says with the scarcity of sheep, he has decided to buy either a she or he goat. He says he does not want to miss a religious rite just because prices of the few sheep he has seen have increased drastically. He says the prices of goats are also increasing.

Aziz said because of the scarcity, some families are buying chickens, leading to arguments on whether the substitution is religiously correct.

Mohaman Aboubakar, assistant Imam of Yaounde’s central Mosque says Islam allows people to adjust with the changing times.

Imam Aboubakar says their religion finds nothing wrong if Cameroon Muslims who can not find the sheep they traditionally bought to slaughter in honor of Abraham’s willingness to slay his son Ishmael at Allah’s request, turn to goats and fowls today. He says the scarcity that started so many years ago with camels is now affecting cows and sheep.

Most of the sheep sold in Cameroon towns comes from the area around the central African state’s northern border with Nigeria that has been suffering Boko Haram atrocities, or from the English speaking Northwest and Southwest regions where separatists have been fighting to create an English speaking state, or neighboring Chad.

Issa Tchiroma, Cameroon minister of employment and vocational training, and a Muslim, says the crises the country is facing has had negative impacts on livestock production.

He says many people have escaped from ranches in the far north region of Cameroon due to Boko Haram terrorism, and from the English speaking north west region because of the war against separatist groups. He says on Cameroon’s border with Nigeria alone, close to five five thousand cattle and an unknown number of sheep have been stolen by Boko Haram terrorists.

In 2016, the World Bank approved a $100 million fund to help Cameroon improve the productivity and competitiveness of livestock production over six years. It said besides replenishing what had been lost as a result of the Boko Haram conflict, the program would help build resilience to climate change and improve the nutrition status of vulnerable populations.

Last July, Cameroon began distributing 60,000 goats and sheep to young people in villages along the border with Nigeria to provide livestock for a basic income, and replenish what has been lost in order to stop the Islamist militant group from recruiting the youths.

More than a thousand Mbororos, who are indigenous people in Cameroon have also fled their cattle ranches following repeated attacks and seizure of their cattle by separatists fighting for the creation of an English speaking state. The Mbororos say they are victimized and killed because they refuse to join the fight.

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  1. You need not to be blind to see that those who keep saying as long as Yaounde is breathing Cameroon is alive are in living a dangerous dream and lie.

    You must have a heart of stone if as a patriotic Cameroonian you don’t stand up and advocate that Biya ends the war in Ambazonia and resign on the grounds of the present atrocities to which he is the mastermind. For all the years that the Boko Haram terrorists have terrorized northern Cameroon, this is the first time sheep scarcity has emerged, indicating that like many of the new economic problems, the war raging in Ambazonia will eventually send the economic crumbling to pieces.

    The pathological liar, Tchiroma, is now owning up. The war in Ambazonia is not winnable, and even if it is, it will never restore without all inclusive dialogue!

  2. Sheep down
    Intercontinental Hotel down
    Swiss Persona Grata down
    SONARA down
    CDC down
    PAMOL down
    DEL MONTE down
    CAMAIR-CO down
    Timber down
    Brasseries down
    Cocoa down
    Coffee down
    commission on bilingualism down
    commission on disarmament down
    Dictator Biya’s sh*thole war down
    taxes down
    AFCON19 down
    « One and indivisible » LRC down


    It is very easy to start a war. However, it is EXTREMELY difficult to stop a war.
    Little wonder, the US has decided to NEGOTIATE with the Taliban in order to stop the Afghanistan war.
    The US did NOT attempt to stop the war by creating a commission on disarmament and asking the Taliban to surrender weapons. Of course, the Taliban would have said N-I-E-T.
    Dictator Biya should NEGOTIATE with the “secessionists” before it is too late

    • Believe me or not,

      1. The momentum is UNSTOPPABLE
      2. The war is UNWINNABLE
      3. The FINAL resolution to the Anglophone Question will be gotten this time around come rain come shine
      4. Dictator Biya will be the Most Valuable Casualty (MVC) of this struggle.
      5. SC remains UNGOVERNABLE
      6. GENUINE Amba boys will NEVER EVER surrender weapons
      7. Ex-convict Atanga Nji is now using the so-called commission on disarmament to play his dirty tricks. He continues to “disarm” his FAKE Amba boys. However, the ungovernability of SC continues to increase. The same criminal continues to “disarm” his FAKE Boko Haram militants. However, GENUINE Boko Haram militants continue to chop off the ears of women in the Far North.

      In sum, Dictator Biya has destroyed his country BEYOND REPAIRS

    • Only the COMPLETE, TOTAL, IRREVERSIBLE and UNCONDITIONAL separation from LRC can be considered as the sustainable solution to the Anglophone Question. Not decentralisation, not federalism, not the commission on bilingualism. Southern Cameroonians should, therefore, be prepared to fight for separation from LRC. LRC IS EVIL

  3. Please Ambxzonia represents only 20% of the Tabaski sheep! The remaining 80% are in etoudi or sangmelima.
    We have left….

    • Can a literate African who is Muslim or Christian win a noble price in any scientific domain?

    • Bah,why can africans not pray in africa.must they fly ro mecca oe vatican ro prayers

      • people who pray to god who does not exist,do not have sufficient intelligence to think rationally why they should fly to mecca or rome.the act of prayer alone reduce ones interlligence to that of at most a goat.

  4. Eid Mubarak Abdullkarim Ali, the devout and truthful Ambazonian Muslim.

    Our sheep, goats and cattle shall stay in Ambazonia. Next is our Irish potatoes, Rice, Eru, Cocoa, Coffee, Mangoes and cabbages. They will stay in Ambazonia including our oil and timber.

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