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94 Days without internet: What lessons have we learned?

94 days since part of Cameroon had been without internet, the cry of the people was finally heard on Thursday January 20 2017 when President Paul Biya instructed MINPOSTEL to restore internet in the two English speaking regions.

Since its restoration, the people of the affected regions have been clouded with excitement and almost seem to have quickly forgotten the devastating consequences the internet shutdown had on them.

According to Access Now, a conservative estimate pegs economic losses from the shutdown at a minimum of 4.5 million dollars in a country with a per capita income of just 1,200 dollars. This does not account for losses due to disruption of supply chains, lack of investor confidence and human cost.

Al Jazeera’s Leah Harding, analyses the impact of the internet shutdown in the video below.

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