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Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Cameroon Embassy or Consulate. There have been several suicide bomb attacks in public places in urban areas resulting in numerous deaths and injuries.

Dual nationality: Cameroon does not recognize dual nationality. Attacks are indiscriminate, including on places frequented by foreigners.

A gender-profile study of women in Cameroon by the news agency Afrol News concluded: "Because of the importance attached to customs and traditions, laws protecting women are often not respected.

Most of the time, the husband is a friend of the girl's father, and the marriage has been arranged without her being consulted. both report continued practice of forced marriage in parts of Cameroon.

It is in the house of this ‘stranger-husband' that she will experience her entire sexual and domestic life" (CRLP 2000, 18). A report by the Canadian International Development Agency states: "In Cameroon, the minimum legal age to enter into marriage is 15 for women and 18 for men. Department of State human rights report on Cameroon for 2001: "Another problem facing women is forced marriage; in some regions, girls' parents can and do give them away in marriage without their consent.

By law the prospective spouses must consent freely to the marriage, and the consent of a prospective spouse who is a minor is valid only if his or her father and mother consent to the marriage (CRLP 2000, 18).

However, according to a study by the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, a U.