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The Gunu are one of several people groups known collectively as the Yambassa. They live in the central part of Cameroon where French, one of two national languages, is widely used. The country was once known as "The Cameroons". Different parts were ruled over by Germans, British or French. The Germans were displaced after World War I and at independence the two remaining parts were united.
The Gunu people of Cameroon call their language Nugunu. The majority of these speakers live a very basic farming lifestyle. Many families travel up to two miles to find drinking water. The combination of limited access to clean water and inadequate medical facilities exacerbates health problems and makes the people more vulnerable to recurring illness.
School fees present serious challenges for Gunu families, resulting in low levels of education.
Roman Catholic priests brought the gospel to the Nugunu area in 1927. Most Gunu faithfully attend church. Today, almost half of the population affiliates with the Catholic Church. Presbyterians and several other Protestant denominations also attract a significant following.