A place of painful history and yet with hope
13.04.2013 - 13.04.2013 103 °F
Limbé, Cameroon was just as hot as São Tomé on the day we visited. Our stay here included a long trek to see the former slave port of Bimbia, one of a 500 mile long string of slave fortresses that once stretched from Cameroon westward along the African coast to Ghana. We rode for several miles in 4x4 vehicles in deeply rutted dirt roads and then hiked for another mile or so down to the sea. There in the jungle along the coast we came to the stone ruins of what was once a place where captive people were brought from inland areas, sold into slavery, held in dungeons, and then loaded into ships to be sent across the Atlantic to work on plantations in Brazil, the Caribbean, and America. The memory of so much suffering hangs heavy in the air at Bimbia. We were very sad as we trudged back through the steaming jungle.
During a picnic lunch in the botanical garden, men women and children entertained us with energetic traditional dances. That they could dance in such heat was amazing.
We also had a chance to visit a banana plantation and a wildlife center where gorillas and other endangered primates are protected.