Eboudja by Reinout van den Bergh
Home to some 30 families, the small fishing village of Eboundja is situated in the Océan district of southern Cameroon.
Its nearly 200 villagers have been living in great insecurity about their future since 2009, the year in which Cameroonian authorities destined an 18 by 12 miles coastal zone as a domaine d’utilité publique. expropriation of tribal land into state property, by decree. Its purpose being the construction of a deep sea harbour. Iron ore has been found deep in the Cameroonian jungle.
In his Eboundja photo project photographer Reinout van den Bergh describes the character of his village. The degradation but also the beauty. The acceptance but also the pride and the resistance. The deep religious awareness and the belief in the power of magicians. The mythical character of the surroundings and their influence on the villagers’ imagination. The spectacular weather shifts that no forecast knows how to predict. The recent enormous environmental changes and their direct and indirect impact on the village.