Saturday, 30 December 2017

Cameroon Bishop Appeals For Prayer As Anglophone Crisis Escalates

The Bishop of Mamfe has called on people to pray for Cameroon as the Anglophone crisis in the southwest region has worsened and has prompted villagers to flee the deadly clashes between government troops and separatists.

Bishop Andrew Nkea criticized the Cameroon army for reportedly abusing villagers in Kembong and forcing them to flee by torching down their houses. The clashes between the Anglophone separatists and government soldiers have left four soldiers dead, Crux detailed.

Nkea said soldiers aboard three or four trucks assaulted the villagers and began setting fire to their houses. He added that only 30 people remained after 5,000 of them fled the village.
Cameroon Bishop Appeals For Prayer As Anglophone Crisis Escalates
"As the uncertainties mount up, especially in the heat of celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace, we think that human powers are failing us, and we need to make a desperate call directly to Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace," Bishop Nkea said in his Christmas circular letter. "We therefore call on all Catholic Christians, all other Christians and people of goodwill to pray intensely for peace. We call on all to join us in special prayers for God's supernatural and miraculous intervention for peace in our land."

Bishop Nkea said for him, there was no "human solution" to the Anglophone crisis. In light of the situation, he called on all Christians to set aside at least 30 minutes every day for 40 days to pray for peace as only God can answer their desperate plea at this time.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, has urged Cameroon to conduct peaceful dialogues in order to address the Anglophone crisis. She expressed sadness over the current challenge that the government was facing, given that the country was reportedly known for peace and having harmonious ties among its people, Africa News detailed.

In addition, Scotland said division and strife will not take Cameroon to the peace that its citizens are aiming for. She said the Commonwealth family will do everything in its power to maintain the unity and peace in each of its member states. www.christiandaily.com

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