Victor and Madeleine Yogane and Family
Victor Hugo Yogane had a successful business in Cameroon selling music CDs and cassettes. He was arrested and tortured in 2006 when he sought a permit to sell a CD of political songs critical of the government. He fled the country leaving his daughter behind in the care of extended family members. He claimed asylum in the UK in 2006.
Madeleine Naka is Victor’s partner. She had already been detained and tortured for her political affiliations and had fled from the threat of further violence a year earlier. She arrived in the UK while she was six months pregnant and claimed asylum. Eventually Victor and Madeleine were reunited by the Red Cross. Their two sons were born here and have never known life in Cameroon. The family has begun a new life in Sheffield, where they attend church and have made many friends.
However, the Yogane family now live in fear of being forcibly removed from the UK to Cameroon, which is a dangerous country for people like them, active opponents of its corrupt government. They fear for their lives if they are deported.