Some people just never learn…

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So, I woke up this morning to this story right here, with a little background from another story here, and immediately my stomach turned.

In resumé, over 15 Cameroonians have been arrested following lengthy undercover investigations, for Medicaid fraud of millions of dollars.

What is it with lazy people trying to give the rest of us Cameroonians a bad name? And what hurts even more is that some of these people are from my ethnic region. Plus, don’t get me started on the revolting shamelessness of using something as vital as healthcare (which people who are actually sick need) to get rich!

Non-Caucasians in general and Cameroonians in particular in the diaspora complain about discrimination, and ethnic/racial profiling, but sometimes we give our detractors the tools to hurt us. Did the Cameroonian community (those who were not directly involved in the scam) not know what they were doing? Why didn’t someone try to stop them? Why do we think that we can complain about corruption in our country, and then run off and do the same in another man’s country?

I think the Cameroonian government should start instituting punitive measures on such people. In addition to their property/accounts being seized abroad, their property/accounts should equally be seized in Cameroon. Crime should not benefit anyone, irrespective of the country. Maybe an extradition agreement should be looked into.

I’m off to tweet the President about it.

*rant over*

Have you heard this story? What do you think can be done to curb misrepresentation of a country (or region) by its people? Should our government play a part, or are they not responsible for what their citizens do abroad?

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5 responses »

  1. U know the most annoying part? Na dem be 1st pple for write trash abt pays.I rather Work hard in ma country than Steal abroad to maKe a living.If America over hard.Pack ur bags and Come home.Thers still space here for u.

  2. I met a Cameroonian sometime last year
    he was from the french speaking part of Cameroon
    but he spoke a little
    I had some interesting conversation with him
    I was being practicing my debutante skills with him.

    Nice to meet you.

  3. Tiki, I just read most of your posts–good stuff! I was hoping I could send you an e-mail but your mail isn’t public. I really need your help. I hope you see this. Stay blessed

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