Cameroon has some of the worst roads in Africa, yet there is a brave group of people willing to navigate them: the Clandos. Clandos is a word derived from clandestine, meaning illegal; they are illegal taxi drivers who have become essential to the lives of all Cameroonians. Despite only 2% of the country’s roads being asphalted, these courageous individuals are the only option for many living in this West African country as there are no other means of transportation available- no railway service and airplane travel too expensive and hazardous for most.
For those wishing to learn more about this incredible group of people, an intriguing documentary called “The Clandos” has been released that provides insight into their daily lives. The film follows different characters as they bravely navigate dangerous road networks across the country and share with viewers how their services have become so vital to Cameroon’s population. Through stunning visuals and intimate interviews, audiences can gain a deeper understanding into the resilience and courage required by these drivers while providing an important look at life in rural Cameroon today.
Anyone interested in learning more about this culture should watch “The Clandos” to get a first-hand look at what it takes to brave these roads every day and why these drivers are so deeply respected throughout the nation despite their lack of legal recognition. It is an inspiring story that will leave an imprint on viewers long after the documentary ends, furthering our appreciation for these brave individuals at work in Cameroon today.