Bamenda, 02 August, 2021 / 8:33 pm (ACI Africa).
A doctor and nurse based at the Catholic Health Centre of Bali Nyonga in Cameroon’s Archdiocese of Bamenda have been detained for treating a member of the Ambazonia Restoration Forces (ARFs), a rebel group that is in conflict with the Cameroonian military.
Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), which is currently monitoring the five-year-old conflict in the Central African country, informed ACI Africa of the arrest on Friday, July 30.
According to the peace entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), a member of the ARFs was brought to the Catholic Health Centre “with life-threatening injuries” in the early hours of July 18.
“The Nurse on duty was threatened to fetch the Doctor or the Health Centre would be burnt down,” the leadership of DHPI said, adding that the Doctor was commanded to go with the ARFs to treat their wounded member.
The following day, the health centre is said to have been invaded by the Cameroonian military who proceeded to search the entire building while others interrogated the matron of the facility, Sr. Patience Bomki, and the members of staff who were present.