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Throughout history, protest has been a powerful tool for change. From the Salt March in India in 1930 against British colonial rule, to protests to protect the Franklin river in the 1980s. And more recently, rallies for LGBTQIA+ rights and Black Lives Matter. We wouldn’t be where we are today without people speaking their truths.

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“Life was getting harder and harder. It wasn’t giving anything back…Nothing was going anywhere…Nothing led anywhere in Cameroon – everything was falling apart.” - Dorgelesse, 37 years old. Sentenced to 5 years.

Dorgelesse is a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a brave woman, whose only ‘crime’ was standing up for what she believes in. Her dream has always been to open up a thriving beauty institute to help the women of her community and to provide for her family. 

As a concerned citizen, Dorgelesse stayed informed about the state of the economy. And when a protest was organised to raise awareness about corruption in Cameroon, she decided to join. 

That day, Dorgelesse’s dreams of being a business owner were shattered when she was arrested during the protest.  

Dorgelesse spoke up for freedom. And now she’s lost it. 

“What led me to protest that day?” Dorgelesse often asks herself. “Life was getting harder and harder…Everything was falling apart…I said ‘well – if my voice can help inspire actual change in my country, why not?’...That was what motivated me,” she said.

The protest Dorgelesse attended was meant to be a peaceful demonstration. However, soon after, security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters. As Dorgelesse ducked into an alleyway to seek safety, the police followed her. The authorities arrested her and took her to a police station, where she was detained in a single cell with 22 other people, in abysmal conditions.

Right now, Dorgelesse is separated from her son and mother and worried about what will happen to them in the future. Right now she's being unjustly imprisoned simply for standing up for what is right.

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