Bamenda, 28 November, 2021 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The killing of three students and a teacher allegedly by armed men in Cameroon’s restive South West region is “senseless and unacceptable,” Catholic Bishops in Central African nation’s Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province have said in a message.
In the Friday, November 26 collective statement, members of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC) recount the events of November 24 at a Cameroonian school and say their “hearts have been pierced again!”
“On Wednesday, 24 November 2021, some persons armed with guns and explosives, invaded the premises of Government Bilingual High School Ekondo Titi and shot and killed three students: Emmanuel Orome (12 years), Joyceline Ikem (16 years), and Emmanuel Kum (17 years), and a teacher, Celestine Song,” the Catholic Bishops say in their collective message shared with ACI Africa.
They add, “These innocent victims are not the cause of the socio-political crisis and their death cannot be the solution. Their murder is totally senseless and unacceptable.”
“Our hearts have been pierced again! In recent times, we have painfully witnessed an agonizing drama involving, among other evils, the targeting and killing of pupils, students and teachers,” the Catholic Church leaders lament.