Rome Newsroom, 04 December, 2021 / 12:30 pm (ACI Africa).
As a sign of Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, the Vatican has announced that it is helping to arrange the transfer of refugees from Cyprus to Italy, among them, two Christians who fled the Central African nation of Cameroon.
The two Cameroonian migrants are Grace, 24, and Daniel, 20, Christians who fled Cameroon after schools were shut down due to the Anglophone Crisis, provoked by tensions between the English-speaking minority and French-speaking majority.
The two migrants met after paying the same smuggler to help them cross from Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus to the Greek-speaking south, where they hoped to find asylum in the European Union.
“We were misled,” Grace said. The smuggler told them where to cross over the 16-foot-high wall that divides the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, but they were promptly taken into custody by the United Nations forces stationed in the demilitarized buffer zone.
“The most scary moment in my life so far,” said Grace, who injured her leg after jumping from the wall.