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Cameroon – Anglophone crisis: Bishops demand the end of Ghost Towns

During their 42nd plenary meeting, they examined the situation prevailing in the south-west and north-west regions, which they recognized as detrimental to all.

It is through a communiqué that the bishops of Cameroon demand the end of the ghost towns and the resumption of teachings in the northwest and southwest regions. These were held from 23 to 29 April 2017 for the holding of their 42nd General Assembly.

According to the daily Le Messager, in its edition of Monday May 2, 2017, the bishops believe that this situation becomes more and more worrying and detrimental to the nation. “Since October 2016, the regions of the Northwest and Southwest have been in a difficult situation. This social crisis has a very negative impact on the economic, educational and living conditions.”

In view of this crisis situation, which seems to be more or less protracted, the bishops believe that “it is important for the good and stability of our country to respect the institutional subsidiarity and solidarity that affects each problem, to a competent body, taking into account the relevant opinions formally issued by private and legal persons “.

In addition, while proscribing the violence that causes damage and radicalizing parties, the bishops recommend that cease distrust, suspicion, civil disobedience, arbitrary arrest, intimidation and pressure of all kinds, says the newspaper.

In fact, with regard to the problems of the present situation in the English-speaking regions, men of God think that priority should be the well-being of all. “We must seek the best interests of the Nation. Institutional treatment should be given to those problems which in reality affect the entire nation, “the statement read. And to advocate a little further than each state agency, intermediary bodies and civil society take responsibility and act according to its legal competence.

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