The Pain Killing Tree

In late 2013, a Franco-Cameroonian team made an incredible discovery. A painkiller, which man has systematically claimed to have invented himself, exists in its natural state in a common African tree, the African peach.

Ethnic groups in North Cameroon have always known about the remedy, among many others. A day’s road trip from Yaounde, Bernard travels to a village of the Tikar people, an ethnic group that were formerly highly influential conquerors, and who today seem to have been forgotten by all. Traditional healer Gaston Amoa knows the African peach very well, and calls it the “Ntwo’o”. For the Tikars and their neighbours the Pygmies, use of the plant is absolutely critical, and its numerous properties help them get through their difficult day-to-day lives.

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