In an attempt to describe the fate of the Central African country, Seminarian Chimenyi said, “All these up-to-date happenings makes the talk about the Northwest and Southwest regions gaining normalcy an illusion.”
He described the situation in the embattled Cameroonian regions where over 4,000 people have already lost their lives as “completely depressing” and called on the world’s attention on the crisis that the Central African country is facing.
“The International bodies directly responsible for establishing peace and justice and the Universal Church have been passive to an extent about the whole issue while innocent souls perish in the hands of war and power mongers,” the MHM Seminarian said.
He underlined the need of financial aid, especially in terms of subsidies, to facilitate the effective running of private and mission institutions providing education and other social services in the embattled areas.
The Seminarian said that Church institutions are the only facilities open to everyone as Separatists have barred other places from operating. This way, he said, the Cameroonian government has ceased her usual subvention to Church institutions, thereby causing them to operate at high costs, unaffordable by the deprived and displaced natives who have remained in the land.
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“The Church and Religious Congregations running schools, hospitals and other services are in real need of aid in order to keep providing quality services without any bias,” Seminarian Chimenyi said.
Additionally, there is need for psychosocial support to provide rehabilitation to people who have suffered mental breakdown owing to the protracted crisis, he said.
But above all, there is a greater need for the fundamental human right to life and dignity to be restored among warrying groups in Cameroon, Seminarian Chimenyi said, noting that “lawlessness has become the order of the day and grave crimes go unjustified”.
“Cases of brutal killings by either of the warring parties go nowhere and so, the silent war and killings continue. There is every reason to aid the Church which is the moral voice of the society in such an area in order to restore the lost values,” he said.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.