Kumbo, 20 February, 2020 / 4:13 am (ACI Africa).
Following a military invasion of a village that is part of a Catholic parish in the Central African nation of Cameroon leaving 24 civilians dead and hundreds displaced, the Local Ordinary of the area has confirmed the attack, termed it a “disaster” and “a very sad incident”, and declared Friday, February 21 a day devoted to “prayer and mourning” in the entire diocese.
“On Friday 14th February 2020, the military invaded Ngarbuh at 4 a.m. and we are told that twenty-four (24) people were killed among whom were pregnant women and little children,” Bishop George Nkuo of Cameroon’s Kumbo diocese who has been, “reliably informed,” recounted in his February 18 letter.
“Some of the victims were burnt alive and several others wounded. A total of nine (9) houses were burnt down,” Bishop Nkuo has stated and added, “Hundreds of people from Ngarbuh are currently displaced and seeking for refuge in nearby villages under deplorable human conditions.”
In the letter seen by ACI Africa, the Bishop declares Friday, February 21 “a day of prayer and mourning in the entire Diocese of Kumbo for the victims of Ngarbuh Disaster.”
In marking the day of prayer and mourning, Bishop Nkuo says, “we shall vehemently say, Yes to life and no to death in solidarity with the recent message of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon,” which said it is “necessary to organize a day of prayer throughout the country for the respect of life and promotion of sacredness of human life.”