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Encounters in the toilet

In December I visited CABTAL in Cameroon to support the IT team leader with training. It was 4 days covering a number of technical topics and also management and attitudes towards work. One day was fully dedicated to language technology tools and software. In my day to day work I don’t deal with language technology so it was a privilege to listen and learn a lot from my Cameroonian colleagues. CABTAL currently partners with 82 language communities.

My colleague and friend from Bamenda had invited me to his home. We took the bus from Yaounde to Bamenda and back. This was quite a long trip with interesting surprises. At the bus station in Bamenda we went to the toilet before departure to Yaounde–a journey that normally takes 8 hours, but that took 12 hours this time, with just one stop halfway. There was a man collecting the fee for the toilets and he had written many Bible texts on the wall in front of him. We asked him about it.