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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ambazonia: the worrying spiral of attacks against religious

The crisis, which began with strikes by English-speaking teachers and lawyers, stalled in deadly clashes between secessionists from English-speaking and regular-army areas, also killing many religious. In a few months, three Catholic clergymen - fathers Alexandre Sob Nougi and Cosmas Omboto Ondari and seminarian GĂ©rard Anjiangwe - were killed. In Lebialem, the parishes are empty of their shepherds. The priest of the parish of Fotabong, fr. Cyprain Bayen was transferred to Mamfe, rector of the Fotabong minor seminary, Fr. Eugen Ngalim, and all the seminarians were transferred to the minor seminary St Aloysius in Kitiwum - Kumbo, Elsewhere, in Mamfe, Father Gatien Ndongo is moved and all the parish is deserted. Similarly for the priest, Kennedy Akwo of Mbeme and Father Blaise Njikang, vicar of Mbeme, who all moved there.

Other priests in the parish greatly affected by the crisis include: Ntale's father Jude Nyuykighan, father Paul Dinyuy and Nguti's priest Don Jonathan Enoh, Kembong's Tiberius Vuni, Cornelius Nkwellebong of Besali, Linus Onah of Kokubuma, all the priests of the diocese of Mamfe fled their parishes. Stephen Awungia was also removed from the smaller St John XXIII Seminary in Fotabong and reassigned to Ekok to end the pastoral year. Another brother, Neville Medard was also transferred to the parish of Banya to end the year. Raphael Ebune Ndode of Konye, ​​Julius Kukuru of Bekora, Emmanuel Ndode of Kwakwa in the Diocese of Kumba have all fled their parishes. Just recently, Father Jude Tar, a former abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Mbengwi, who now serves as parish priest at Njinikom Parish, was wounded in the leg by a stray bullet. The list is far from being exhaustive.

Recently interviewed by the foundation "Aid to the Church in distress" (Aed), Bishop Michael Bibi, auxiliary bishop of Bamenda, explains how the pastoral work of the Church is influenced by the so-called anglophone crisis. "In both regions, travel is difficult. In the north-west, the roads are constantly blocked by Amba-Boys. There are destroyed bridges and trees that block roads and hinder the traffic considerably.  Some days, the roads are open and other days they are blocked.All this makes it very difficult to move from one place to another, and this situation greatly affects pastoral work, because most pastors can not move between their homes and the chapels for which they are responsible. It is also very difficult for bishops to make pastoral visits since June. The pastoral week of the Archdiocese that was to take place in the coming days was canceled because people could not go to town. It is the same in Bamenda, some days it is possible to move, but often for several days or more than a week, it is completely impossible to move. On Mondays, there are many places that look like ghost towns because businesses and businesses are closed. It is not possible to move. "

Source: Morning Info N ° 425