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Zoophilia, Pedophilia: A “Suspicious” Controversial Textbook in Circulation in Cameroon

Despite its stated goal of raising awareness of certain sexual practices, a Cameroonian textbook of Sciences has provoked strong reactions, especially within the opposition, a few weeks before the presidential election.

In Cameroon, the introduction of a didactic tool to educate middle school students on  prohibited or deviant sexual practices did not go unnoticed. On the national political scene, the revelation of certain pages of the science textbook provoked strong reactions, despite the apparent objective of prevention displayed by the textbook, both on the dangerousness of certain sexual practices and on the illegality of others. .

Opposition figure and candidate for the next Cameroonian presidential election in October 2018, former government member Maurice Kamto reacted for his part through a publication on his Facebook account. Evoking “a teaching that [seems] most suspicious”, he lamented that behind a “pretext”, was hidden “a will of disguised initiation of the Cameroonian youth to the excesses of certain sexual practices paving the way for the depravation of manners “.

Consumer advocacy groups also called for the removal of the manual, saying it was not “the role of the state […] to hinder the construction of family identity”.

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For his part, Marcellin Vounda Etoa, Permanent Secretary of the National Council for Accreditation of Textbooks interviewed by the Moroccan media Le 360 , defends itself: “The educational project aimed to prepare children to face a certain number of realities [… that they can only cope with knowing that it is harmful and prohibited by law. “

According to images appeared on social networks, the manual would explain two types of sexual practices. On the one hand, illegal practices such as rape, pedophilia, zoophilia or incest, each time bringing the corresponding definitions. On the other hand, in a chapter dedicated to “emerging behaviors harmful to reproductive health”, the book aims to describe sexual practices described as “deviant”, among which are classified sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus or even homosexuality.

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