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POLITICAL CRISIS IN CAMEROON – UPDATE from Sister Cathy

Catherine Molloy, CND

The on-going political struggle for recognition of the rights of Anglophone Cameroon as stated in the Constitution of 1961 led to the strike of Anglophone lawyers and teachers.  This strike is now in its fourth month.  Given the strike of the teachers, students on every level, nursery to university have been out of school since mid-December.  Efforts on the part of the Cameroonian government to get parents to send their children back to school have failed given the on-going presence of the military in major cities, arrests, and blocking of access to the internet since January 19th.  In addition, “Ghost town" days are held every Monday when all stores are closed and there is no vehicular traffic in the North and South regions.  Opposition leaders have been arrested and/or gone into exile adding to the difficulty of having meaningful dialogue to resolve the crisis.  The five Bishops of the Northwest and Southwest Regions sent a memorandum to President Paul Biya in December 2016 “… with a view to assisting the government to seek a lasting solution to this problem and enable its citizens to live in peace and harmony.” Please continue to pray for all those affected by this crisis and for wisdom for those who can help to facilitate dialogue.

 

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