Born Under the Gun

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Born Under the Gun

A History of Kamerun, WWI, Christian Missions and the Internment Camps of Fernando Po Edition:

These pages contain stories of the explorers, soldiers and traders, missionaries and planters, and Africans part of the colonial expansion. This book contains many stories from Cameroonians who shared their memories with the author. As the author states ... "it is in their words that the image of God is revealed present in the heart of each one of them.

This is the fascinating story of Cameroonian and German refugees on the island of Fernando Po 1916 - 1919; perhaps the only group of Europeans to be refugees in Africa. The story begins in Cameroon in 1965 and travels back in time to Germany and colonial Kamerun, the arrival of Christian missions, and then into World War I, followed by the removal of the missionaries and life in internment. These pages contain stories of the explorers, soldiers and traders, missionaries and planters, and Africans part of the colonial expansion. This book contains many stories from Cameroonians who shared their memories with the author. As the author states ... "it is in their words that the image of God is revealed present in the heart of each one of them."

Reviews and endorsements

"Following the defeat of the German in Kamerun... a unique refugee situation occurred. German troops sought refuge in Rio Muni and Fernando Po. Probably the only large group of Europeans to ever become refugees on the African continent, the Germans were followed by their planters and businessmen and by some 60,000 African soldier and villagers. "                         

                                                                                                 ----- Ibrahim Sundiata

 

"... a well-researched, well written and much awaited valuable contribution to the historiography of Cameroon."     

                                                                                        ----- Prof. Vcisto Julius Ngoh

                                                   Author of The Untold Story of Cameroon Reunification

"I wish to commend Rev. Fr. Robert O'Neil for his very successful production of Born Under the Gun. It is a succinct but very illumnating analysis of Cameroon history during World War I. But first he provides a welcome background to the war by his story of the Imperial German Colony og the Kamerun since 1884. He then proceeds with his main themes : missionary activity and World War I in the Cameroons; the internment as refugees of German soldiers and their Cameroon cohorts on the off-shore island of Fernando Po, and the return of AFricans to the mainland in 1919 and 1920. The two appendices based on Fr. O'neil's interviews with Cameroonians have aslo enhanced the value of the book. Readers of Born Under the Gun will be well rewarded. "     

                            ----- Hollis R. Lynch, Professor Emeritus of History ( West African),

                         Former Director of the Institute of African STudies, Columbia University


9780824599621
Paperback / 224 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9


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