On 19 August 2015 our dear friend and colleague, Robinson Djeukam Njinga, an environmental and social justice lawyer and activist in Cameroon, passed away suddenly in a hospital in Yaoundé.
For more than 20 years Robinson was a leading advocate, combating illegal logging and promoting forest governance and community rights in Cameroon, as well as the entire Congo Basin region. He was a valued civil society actor in the African region and an active member of the African Community Rights Network (ACRN) since its creation in 2008.
For a decade Robinson worked with the CED (Centre for Environmental Development) and trained the first cohort of young lawyers offering legal services directly to communities in Cameroon. As a legal expert he contributed greatly to legal reforms in the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. In 2011 he co-founded Green Development Advocates (GDA), an organisation focusing on social and economic rights in the Congo Basin, and remained its director. With his passing, Fern and many others working on forests have lost an esteemed ally.
Robinson’s warmth, dedication, engagement and professionalism will be in our memories forever. Our thoughts are with his wife, children and his beloved friends and colleagues. To express condolences, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.