Kumba, 28 October, 2020 / 10:27 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have termed the shooting of children at a school in Cameroon, which left scores dead and many others injured as “a heinous and despicable act” and called on authorities in the Central African country to act fast in order to end the violence that continues to rock the country.
In a statement sent to ACI Africa, the leadership of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) says that the Saturday, October 24 attack on innocent children at Mother Francisca Nursery and Primary School of Cameroon’s Diocese of Kumba in the Southwest Region of the country was shocking.
“We, the Jesuits of Africa, join several other organizations and other concerned people in Cameroon and throughout Africa in condemning in the strongest possible terms last Saturday’s killing and wounding of innocent children,” Jesuits in Africa say in the Wednesday, October 28 letter signed by JCAM President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator.
They add, “We are shocked and outraged by the killing of innocent school children. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the children and offer our prayers and moral support to the wounded and their families and to the entire community of Kumba.”
Gunmen attacked the privately-owned school on Saturday, October 24 and opened fire on students in a classroom. According to a media report, six children died on the spot while one other succumbed to the gunshot injuries in the aftermath of the shooting.