Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ambazonia: the Catholic Church highly on the opposite of Biya

The Justice and Peace Commission of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (CENC), in a statement issued on the occasion of the Easter holidays, advocated "dialogue and consultation" to overcome the crisis in the English-speaking regions of the country. Northwest and Southwest, marked by "kidnappings and murders".

"It is only through dialogue and consultation that the current crisis can find effective responses," the statement said, calling law enforcement but also separatist militias "restraint and appeasement."

It is time to stop "hostilities" and "put an end to the suffering of the people," says the statement that was read Sunday in the churches and chapels of Cameroon.

Referring to a survey that traces "the atrocities experienced by the populations of the English-speaking areas", especially in the diocese of Kumbo (North-West), the statement reveals that "in total, more than 750 houses and structures (y) have have been burned since the end of 2016 ". And the statement added that this figure should be revised upwards because "there have been repeated reports of kidnappings and, in some cases, torture and ransom demands".

For example, 176 members of St. Augustine's College, including 170 students generally under the age of 18, were kidnapped on February 16, 2018, the statement said, adding that three priests who had been chasing criminals were abducted. then released 24 hours later. This "incident forced the institution to close, parallel to the small seminar," notes the statement.

Because of this crisis, deplores the communique, "several people would have died at home; they might have survived if they had access to health facilities. It's hard to imagine how many lives are lost for the simple reason that patients can not move."

For more than two years, the north-west and south-west of Cameroon experiencing secessionist demands formulated by a part of the inhabitants of the former British Cameroon which represents 20% of the population of the country.

The latter who denounce "colonization" of the majority French-speaking majority wish the advent of a federal state to leave "the diktat" of the central power.