Ebolowa, 25 January, 2022 / 9:19 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ebolowa in Cameroon has expressed solidarity and spiritual closeness with the victims and families of the stadium stampede earlier this week in the country’s capital, Yaounde.
In a Tuesday, January 25 press release obtained by ACI Africa, the government of Cameroon reported that at least eight football fans died following the Monday, January 24 stampede at Yaoundé Olembe Stadium when football fans stormed the facility to watch the country’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) match against Comoros.
The Cameroonian government confirmed that “38 people were injured in the tragedy, including seven seriously.”
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Tuesday, January 25, the Local Ordinary of Cameroon’s Ebolowa Diocese prays for the souls of the fans who lost their lives, entrusting them “to the Lord.”
“I entrust to the Lord the souls of all Cameroonians who died as a result of the incident at the entrance of the Olembe stadium,” Bishop Philippe Alain Mbarga says.