It is a universally acknowledged truth. The continent's forests continue to deteriorate year after year. There are many reasons for this rampant deforestation. Trafficking in precious wood (kevazingo, barwood, or rosewood) is one of them. Between 50% and 90% is said to be exported illegally.
Arrested in November 2021, Ibrahim Lakiss, an Ivorian-Lebanese logger, is suspected of having set up a racketeering system with the complicity of numerous regional officials and private operators. This is an investigation into a state scandal that cost the minister of Water and Forests, Alain-Richard Donwahi, his job.
For nearly 15 years, a new forestry law in Cameroon has been in the making to curb the illicit trade in precious woods. While waiting for its promulgation, the trafficking continues, all the way to the Nigerian border. We dive into the heart of a mafia with deep roots.