Douala, 17 October, 2020 / 5:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Cameroon who has embarked on a 245-kilometre pilgrimage says he has dedicated the spiritual initiative to efforts toward dialogue, peace and reconciliation in the Anglophone regions of the Central African nation, which have experienced violent conflict since 2016.
In a message shared with ACI Africa Monday, October 12, Fr. Ludovic Lado said that in walking from the nation’s economic capital, Douala, to the political capital, Yaoundé, he will be praying for a return to peace in the troubled regions in Cameroon during the 200-kilometre journey.
“I am walking to pray and plead on the one hand for dialogue, justice, peace and reconciliation in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon and on the other hand to do penance for the reparation of crimes against human dignity committed in these regions,” Fr. Ludovic says.
He adds, “I walk so that human blood stops flowing in our country. I walk in solidarity with internally displaced and the refugees of this useless war. I walk to exorcise in me and in us the demon of indifference.”
According to a Catholic media report, in August, Fr. Ludovic promised to conduct a pilgrimage for peace in October if the deadlock in the two Anglophone regions remains unbroken.