Sunday, November 8, 2015

Telling the truth: chapter one.

This caught my eye today. I downloaded it from someones FB site.
So I will call this series "telling the truth". Call it good old German sarcasm.

Here is another quote. This one is from a friend living in Bamenda, Cameroon:

Thank you Dr Rolande. I have read with tears the story and feel very bad for what has happened to you. I will  take some time to try to really understand this matter. Lawyers are better placed to follow up such a case. What have your lawyer done? Is he still following the case? I will like to meet his wife through a friend to understand what is going on.

I am very ashamed of what has happened to a Humanitarian like you.

Remember, most Cameroon people are good people. Some of these good people get corrupted when they see "white man". They think nothing of it cheating, lying and stealing, because they justify their actions completely with the excuse that "I have it, and they need it". This thinking absolves them from all guilt. They go to Church or Mosque, and are eager to keep their reputation in tact. They think of themselves as upstanding, truthful individuals.  

Tomorrow I will tell you more. A little every day until I leave for Cameroon. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Malaria free Zone project in Littoral

the program recycles old unused bed nets,
it makes the room mosquito free not only the bed,
it does not require the net to be raised and lowered every day,
it is a screen that is there all the time, one can forget it is there.

Thank you Kenneth and his crew. Kenneth experienced how he had to beg for nails, saw and a hammer. How he had to find a place to sleep and food to eat. Begging for things is what every humanitarian does. COngratulations for a job well done.

Kenneth even looked for statistics.
AIDSfreeAFRICA is proud of him.
Thank you,
Dr. Rolande Hodel


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chiy Polycarp Nji - R.I.P.

R.I.P. Mr. Chiy Polycarp Nji

Chiy Nji Polycarp

Sunday June 21 Polycarp throws me a fun and thoughtful party for AIDSfreeAFRICA  10th anniversary. The dress I wear in this picture is a personal gift from him. He (left) was happy that I truly loved the event. (Right) Fon Albert Kum-II

Friday night, the 3rd of July at 9 PM I arrive in Esu accompanied by two Gendarmes and my lawyer Jerome Mbaku from Horizon Chambers. We were on a mission to find "bad drugs" which I stood accused to have brought to Esu.  
We are waking HRH Fon Albert. His wife kindly brings us food. Polycarp did not arrange for us to sleep or anything. We are comfortable in the Palace. There is much to talk about. Polycarp is sorting papers from the latest Vitamin Angel workshop. At 11 PM he takes the Gendarmes to the hotel and me to Thomas Chu's house where his clinic staff sleeps. He told me "Dr. there is more to this investigation than you think". I get worried and we agree to meet at 6 AM, an hour before the meeting in the clinic. Polycarp is very clear that he is not under investigation. We say good night.  
I know he is not a morning person, so when he does not show at 6 AM I am just lightly annoyed but not alarmed. I go to the hotel since I know the Gendarmes and my lawyer will not know how to find their way around. I pick them up and take them to the clinic on foot. We send the chief of post to find Polycarp. It is 8:30 AM. He comes back empty handed. Polycarp had not passed the night in his house nor his uncles place. We do not have much time to wonder. A pregnant woman comes running, shouting "Gendarmes, Gendarmes, a man is hanging." We follow and I see Polycarp hanging in a tree a stone throw away from the clinic, his face averted from us. There is nothing he could have climbed onto to jump into the rope.... the place is not disturbed. He is only a foot above ground. The tree's branch not strong.... We never find a suicide note. But the village elders later rule it a suicide blaming Polycarp's family to have caused this trouble that Polycarp paid for.  Later we learn that Polycarp had spend from 11 PM to 2 AM in the clinic on his lab top computer (which he told me was broken and he needed a new one from me.... )
He died Saturday July 4 between 2 AM and 8:30 AM when we found him hanging in a tree.
The village got upset. A rumor spread instantly that I had brought Gendarmes to Esu because Polycarp owes me money and I wanted it. I received death threats. My friends in Bamenda got calls and visits from people asking for me.... it was scary. 
Many Esu people do not believe the suicide. He was so busy in his community. He had the clinic. He was responsible for his mother,  younger siblings, his young wife and two children, one of which was a new born. He did not behave stressed that evening.  There seems to be not much of a proper investigation. The mother and wife were told not to cry for him. I was told that due to suicide he would not properly buried, just thrown in a hole and covered. It is a big no no to kill yourself. But if he did not kill himself, who did? 

Polycarp, Umaru and Dr. Wringo, the Health District Officer in Wum told me the clinic was on its way to legalization. Why did we find a letter from the Hon. Mr. Andre Mama Fouda saying "this clinic should not be operational"? In those 24 hours I found out so many things that Polycarp was not truthful about. Was that his downfall? We may never know. 

Why did Aliu Umaru visit him during the few days between the party and his death. And why did he audio record his conversation with Polycarp. Did he know Polycarp would not be around to speak up? Why did Polycarp repeat the words I said to Aliu Umaru's wife, that there is more to this investigation than we know? Will we get answers to these questions?