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Seven Cameroon Athletes Missing?

Submitted by on August 7, 2012 – 1:47 pm Comments

What was once a rumor has been confirmed today by CNN. Seven Olympic Athletes  from Cameroon (West Africa) have disappeared from the Olympic Village leaving nothing behind. Why exactly? It is speculated that the reason would be to seek asylum in Europe.

The first athlete to vanish was  Drusille Ngako the reserve goal keeper for the Cameroon team, she disappeared on July 26th while her team left to train she disappeared. Only days later swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue took his personal belongings and also lef the Olympic Village. Then this past Sunday after being eliminated, boxers Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, took off from the Olympic Village.  International Olympic Committee officials said on Tuesday they knew nothing about the missing Athletes with spokesperson Mark Adams stating “We are unaware of it,” when asked if the committee knew anything.

Nobody has heard anything since the athletes vanished, but their teammates still hold on to hope that they may rejoin them before they go home. However all of the athletes are on visas to be in the United Kingdom until November 8th 2012. After that time their visas expire. The United Kingdom Home Office, which is responsible for border security, declined to comment on the missing athletes, or whether or not any of them had applied for asylum in the United Kindom.

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What is shocking is that these seven are not the first Cameroon athletes to leave during international sporting events, as there have been others who quit their delegation without consent at the recent Francophonie and Commonwealth games.

Many are wondering why athletes would leave their home country, however the obvious answer to this question would be to gain economic freedom in the United Kindom. As most the population lives well below the international poverty line at less than $1.25 a day back in 2009. Also the quality of health care provided in Cameroon is generally low. Outside of the major cities, facilities are often dirty and poorly equipped and Traditional Healers are still the common alternative to Western Medicine.

Life expectancy at birth is estimated to be 54 years in 2012, among the lowest in the world.Common diseases include dengue fever, filariasis, leishmaniasis,  malaria,meningitis,  schistosomiasis, and sleeping sickness. So logically it does not seem as shocking especially when you have the ability to do something greater with your life. It is possible they saw going to the Olympics as their only way out and that is likely the reason they left. What do you think about this? Should this be allowed to happen?

 

Kimberly Bureau

Mother of two girls and loves everything about Celebrity News. Writer of “What The Hell”.

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