“Was Ngarbuh not enough? How much of the blood of our children needs to be shed before something concrete and immediate is done? Will all our children die before something is done?” the continues to pose.
He goes on to bemoan, “Kumba (South western region) is reliving that prophecy not long after the heinous massacre of innocent children and pregnant women in Ngarbuh in the Diocese of Kumbo.”
Addressing himself to the government and the international community, Bishop Nfon poses, “What is holding back those concerned, I mean the International Bodies and the Government of Cameroon to look for a lasting solution to this problem that will restore justice and peace?”
“How long will the powers that be and are capable of restoring peace and tranquility in the distressed North West and South West Regions sit and wait? How long will the authorities concerned watch and see?” he continues to probe.
The Bishop adds moanfully, “We are painfully weeping and pondering; what is so important other than peace that will make us sit back in indifference and watch tender and precious lives being wasted away?”
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Following the attack, members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC) have, in a collective statement, said that they “vehemently” condemn the killing “school children in Kumba.”
NECC members say that they cannot understand “such a dramatic end for innocent young adolescents whose aim in life was simply to grow up and to study in order to be useful to our country.”
Expressing their solidarity with the people of God in Kumba in the October 25 collective message signed by NECC President, Bishop Abraham Kome, the Bishops in Cameroon invite “all pastors to organize in their dioceses, on 30 October, 2020, a Requiem Mass for our murdered children and to pray for the consolation of the wounded and the tried families.”
As a way forward, Cameroon’s government has promised investigations into the murders and also announced that an inter-ministerial delegation will be sent to Kumba to comfort the victims, the bereaved, and their respective families.