Anti-government demonstrators block a road in Bamenda. Photograph: Reuters
Prayers requested for Bamenda
Please continue to pray for our Twin Diocese of Bamenda and for Archbishop Cornelius and the people of his diocese and throughout the English-speaking part of Cameroon.
Back in November last year, protests in Bamenda, which turned violent, were staged by aggrieved English-speaking Cameroonian youth, part of a building uprising against what is seen as the neglect of people of the southwest and northwest regions of Cameroon—former British colonies. Protesters mounted barricades and burned tires along major streets, and armed security forces responded with teargas and live bullets.
Internet connections have now been completely shut down in the northwest and southwest of Cameroon, its two main English-speaking regions as a long drawn out mass protest against marginalization by the French-speaking led government persists. The Anglophone regions account for just under 20% of the Cameroon’s 23 million population.
Cameroon urged to investigate deaths amid anglophone protests
Four killed when police fire into air, as tensions rise in English-speaking areas over perceived discrimination.
International organisations are calling for an investigation in Cameroon after four people were killed during unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. Tensions have been brewing for the past month in Cameroon’s two anglophone regions, where people say they are being treated as second-class citizens…
Archbishop Cornelius recently wrote to me expressing his horror and distress over a recent outbreak of violence and unrest and the City of Bamenda – our twin diocese of which he is Archbishop.
As a result of confrontation between youths and the law, many innocent lives have been lost, many people injured and property destroyed.
Bamenda’s pain is our pain – please pray the Memorare to Our Lady daily for the intentions of Archbishop Cornelius and the people of Bamenda. Bishop Philip Egan.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.