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Cameroon/Anglophone Crisis: Jesuit Priest begins Perilous Walk for Peace

In August 2020, a Jesuit Priest Father Ludovic Lado told Crux if the Catholic Church, the Cameroonian State and the Ambazonians has done nothing for dialogue, justice, reconciliation and peace in the North West and South West, in October 2020 he was going to do his part. 

“I will begin a pedestrian pilgrimage that will take me from Bamenda to Buea via Yaoundé and Douala until the belligerents hear the voice of reason and put an end to human suffering in these regions,” he promised.

The Jesuit Priest shared a picture of himself on twitter Monday October 12 conducting a pilgrimage for peace.

“Departure from Douala for a pilgrimage on foot towards Yaounde. For peace in the NW/SW. Welcome to KISSOUM. Heading for Edea tomorrow! Duration: 10 days,” he tweeted. 

For over 1000 days, a conflict in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, home to around 20 percent of country’s population of 25 million, has killed over 3000 people, with about a million forced from their homes. 

To Father Lado the Catholic Church can’t be indifferent to the deaths, saying this would be a “collective sin.” 

The Brussels-based International Crisis Group says that the Catholic Church is uniquely positioned to negotiate the peace in Cameroon.

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