Catholic Archbishop in Cameroon Condoles with Bereaved Families of Landslide Victims

Rescuers struggling to save those trapped underground at the Damas neighborhood in Cameroon's Yaoundé Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Archbishop of Yaounde Archdiocese in Cameroon has shared his condolences to families of the bereaved following the Sunday, November 27 landslide in the capital city of the Central African nation that left at least a dozen people dead.

At least 14 people attending a funeral in Yaounde died as a result of the landslide, according to the Governor of the area, Naseri Paul Bea.

“At the scene we counted 10 bodies, but before our arrival four bodies had already been taken away,” Governor Bea has been quoted as saying by Reuters, and added, “We are carrying the corpses to the mortuary of the central hospital, while the search for other people, or corpses, is still ongoing.” 

The governor has further said, “There are also a dozen serious cases” admitted in hospitals.

Reuters has gone on to explain, “Dozens of people were attending the funeral on a soccer pitch at the base of a 20-metre-high soil embankment, which collapsed on top of them.”


In a statement issued Monday, November 28, Archbishop Jean Mbarga says he learned with “deep shock” the tragedy that occurred in the Damas neighborhood following a landslide.

“I join the population of the Yaounde 3 district in presenting my condolences to all the bereaved families,” Archbishop Mbarga says, and goes on to reassure the victims of his “solidarity and spiritual closeness in this month of All Souls so that the souls of the deceased may rest in peace.”

The Cameroonian Archbishop invites “all Christians of the Archdiocese of Yaoundé to pray to God to comfort the bereaved families.”

According to media reports about the landslide, dozens of people are still missing amid ongoing rescue efforts.

Governor Bea has described the landslide scene as a “very dangerous spot” and encouraged people to stay away from the Damas neighborhood.

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Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.