In a communique Sunday morning, the clergyman said stakeholders in the ongoing crisis in the North West and South West Regions must now listen to their consciences and be compelled to bring the war to an end.
His words: “Let all lovers of human life flood our streets and decry this barbaric act. May all the stakeholders listen to their consciences and be compelled to bring this war to an end. God's children are suffering, the Body of Christ is afflicted and the name of God is disregarded. God, forgive our sins as a people, and help Cameroon.”
“The Presbyterian Church in Cameron condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric killing of a number of innocent children and deep wounds inflicted on many other children by unknown gunmen at the Mother Francisca International Academy Fiango Quarters in Kumba, South West region of Cameroon,” the Moderator said.
“As God's Church; we extend God's comfort and compassion in His Son Jesus Christ to the families directly concerned, the education community, and to the population of Kumba as a whole. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. May the gentle souls of the dead rest in peace,” said the cleric. “We shall accompany the traumatized people of the North West and South West regions with the pastoral care of Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd whose love is fundamental to our daily existence and spiritual communion with our heavenly Father by the enabling grace of the Holy Spirit.”
The PCC prays that those behind the gruesome killings of God's children be imprisoned by the judge of the human conscience even before they are found, prosecuted, and sentenced.
Hear the PCC Moderator: “As a Church with a divine and prophetic mandate to preach, teach, heal and liberate; we reiterated our previous pronouncements: all life is sacred and God-given; consequently it must be preserved by all. The spilling of human blood is a curse on the earth. The right to education is universal and fundamental to human development - it must not be obstructed. War and violence are false securities, in the long term, they cause more problems than they intended to solve. This War must stop.
“A further comprehensive and more inclusive dialogue should be reconsidered. The freedom of some innocent people in the prison cells around the nation may pacify brooding anger and the spirit of vengeance. Fast- forward reconstruction of the affected regions and the economic empowerment of a desperate population could win the trust of the population on some laudable efforts of the Government of our country.”
Cameroon-Info.Net understands that around noon on Saturday, gunmen attacked Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy Fiango, Kumba. State authorities say they opened fire on no fewer than 19 students, killed at least six, and badly wounded about 13 others.
The Divisional Officer for Kumba I, Ali Anougu, the Senior Divisional Officer for Meme Division, Chamberlain Ntou’ou Ndong, and the Minister of Communication, Emmanuel Rene Sadi blame armed separatists for the attack.
The students killed include:
1) Victory Camibon Ngameni, 11-year-old
2) ANAMGIM Jenifer 12-year-old
3) Ngemone Princess 12-year-old
4) Che Telma Nchangnwi
5) Zakame Rema, 9-year-old
6) Chema Syndi
As we went to press, we learned that 12-year-old Renny Ngwane died in hospital Sunday morning. The condition of two victims operated at the Buea Regional Hospital Annex is said to be stable.
The death toll in the school shooting thus stands at seven. Of the 12 victims in the hospital, six are said to be in intensive care.