Bussu is a Dying Breed

Cherima Chungag, Staff Reporter

According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) there are over 3000 languages in the world today that are at risk of falling out of use. Right now they are considered to be endangered—in a few decades most will become extinct, unheard of and forgotten.

With a speaking population of only eight people, all of which are grown adults, the Busuu language of the remote village of Weh (located in the jungles of Cameroon) didn’t stand a chance of surviving past this century.

That is until an internet site took an interest in the village and decided to give the people of Weh a fighting chance to save their dying language.

The site took the domain name bussu.com in recognition of the small village. In the summer of 2010, they sent a video crew to Weh, and helped the villagers create a music video available for download on Itunes. Bussu.com also created the site savebussu.com where people around the world can support the site’s campaign to rescue Bussu by watching videos and listening songs in the language.

Although Bussu has not eradicated itself of its critically endangered status, it now stands more of chance than ever of surviving, or at the very least being remembered if it dies.