- Jul 7, 2020
Catholic leaders in Cameroon are set to defy a government plan to reopen the nation’s schools on June 1, after they were closed in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
According to a top government official who asked not to be named, Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently asked Cameroon’s “President for Life,” Paul Biya, to declare a ceasefire and to open a space for peaceful discussions.
Retired Cameroonian Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda says the coronavirus pandemic could also bring about “unexpected positive effects” for the country’s embattled Anglophone regions.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks that he pressured Cameroon’s President Paul Biya to release an opposition leader are sign the European power still has a colonial attitude towards its former African colonies, according to one Catholic priest.
Preaching a message of peace in a conflict-ridden region, Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea took over the Archdiocese of Bamenda in Cameroon on Feb. 22.
Friday was declared a day of mourning in the Diocese of Kumbo, a week after at least 24 people – most of them children were killed in Ngarbuh, a village in Cameroon’s North West region.