Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest - Luke 10:2.


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Population: 18,879,301 estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2009 est.)


Economy: Because of its modest oil resources and favorable agricultural conditions, Cameroon has one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Still, it faces many of the serious problems facing other underdeveloped countries, such as stagnating per capita income, a relatively inequitable distribution of income, a top-heavy civil service, and a generally unfavorable climate for business enterprise. International oil and cocoa prices have a significant impact on the economy. Since 1990, the government has embarked on various IMF and World Bank programs designed to spur business investment, increase efficiency in agriculture, improve trade, and recapitalize the nation's banks. The IMF is pressing for more reforms, including increased budget transparency, privatization, and poverty reduction programs.


History: Bantu speakers were among the first groups to settle Cameroon, followed by the Muslim Fulani in the 18th and 19th centuries. The land escaped colonial rule until 1884, when treaties with tribal chiefs brought the area under German domination. After World War I, the League of Nations gave the French a mandate over 80% of the area, and the British 20% adjacent to Nigeria. After World War II, when the country came under a UN trusteeship in 1946, self-government was granted, and the Cameroon People's Union emerged as the dominant party by campaigning for reunification of French and British Cameroon and for independence. Accused of being under Communist control, the party waged a campaign of revolutionary terror from 1955 to 1958, when it was crushed. In British Cameroon, unification was also promoted by the leading party, the Kamerun National Democratic Party, led by John Foncha.


Religion: Estimates of the population observing traditional animist African beliefs (the base of most traditional religions in Africa, where there is the belief in and worship of a spirit in all natural things) stand at about 40%, with the remainder made up of around 40% Christian and 20% Muslim. Yet such statistics are misleading as they fail to take into account the overlapping of Christianity with pre-colonial beliefs.
Many Cameroonians are Christian and yet follow traditional beliefs, such as taking part in a traditional dance at a funeral or wedding. Also, the above statistics for Christianity relate mainly to those practising rather than simply professing their religion, a figure far higher than that in the UK.
Particularly strong observance of traditional African beliefs comes from the �Pygmy� communities of the southern rainforests. They typically believe in a forest spirit, where the forest is seen as a mother, father and guardian. There is also a sizeable community of non-Muslim animists known as Kirdi in the north. Traditional beliefs are still very much alive and well throughout many of the more rural parts of Cameroon.

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