Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: Kumbo Catholic Bishop Suspends Diocesan Pilgrimage, as Insecurity Intensifies.

Par Kiven B. NSODZEFE | Cameroon-Info.Net
BAMENDA - 25-Mar-2019 - 12h40   1855                      
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His Grace,George Nkuo, during a ceremony at the Cathedral in Kumbo Facebook
The Bishop of Kumbo Diocese, His Grace, George Nkuo has called on Christians to avoid Diocesan pilgrimages as crime waves intensify in Kumbo, Bui Division of the North West region.

 He made the call in an audio to the faithful, where he warned, “there shall be no Diocesan pilgrimage”. This comes as a surprise and disappointment to many Christians, following the importance of the Christian concept.

Since 2012, pilgrims used to gather at the grand stand in Ndu, Donga Mantung Division of the North West, and trek to a hill called Boyong. Christians all over the diocese pay utmost importance to the pilgrim, which is intended to draw Christians closer to God, thereby walking in His light. The first one in 2011, pulled over 3000 Christians and has in recent years assembled more pilgrims.

Road blocks, gun exchanges have maimed several activities in Kumbo and its environs, including the church. Catholic priests and Reverend sisters in Kumbo and have been kidnapped and threatened. Their lives are under threat from both camps.

As the Anglophone crisis intensified late 2018, many people have not been able to move out of Kumbo. Separatists have implanted explosives on some check points, created by them. They have sent back some civil servants who had dared to move out of the area. Life is said to be expensive these days, as consumers by at exuberant prices due to scarcity.

Bishop George Nkuo has instructed his diocesan congregation, to remain faithful to God's word. He consoled his people, whom to him are suffering deeply, due to the armed conflict, while condemning human rights violations being carried out by both parties.

He thanked individuals and groups, who have been assisting affected persons of the ongoing war in Kumbo, and called on Christians not to let their feelings of desolation and abandonment, blind their trust in God.

 

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Kiven B. NSODZEFE
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