Maroua, 18 November, 2022 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo in Cameroon has decried rising violence in the Central African country, noting that the people, specifically in the country’s northernmost region, are experiencing the “reign of terror”.
In a Wednesday, November 16 report by the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, Bishop Bruno Ateba says that the region, which is located in the border region with Nigeria, and is served by the Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, is the scene of recurring attacks by Boko Haram Islamists.
“The local population is powerless against the apparent invincibility of the terrorist group originating from Nigeria,” Bishop Ateba has been quoted as saying, and adds, “The kidnappings and executions of peasants have led to a real reign of terror!”
Bishop Ateba spoke from Switzerland, where he has been invited by the Pontifical charity foundation that has organized prayers to remember persecuted Christians all over the world.
Announcing the prayers, the charity organization that supports the Church in countries experiencing various kinds of hardships has said, “ACN is calling for prayer and remembrance of the 200 million persecuted Christians worldwide from November 12 to 20.”