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Cameroon: “Our Indifference has Become a Collective Sin” Rev. Lado, Pledging a Pilgrimage for End to Anglophone Crisis
Category :- Religion Author :- N Gelmin S 
Posted on August 27, 2020, 12:38 pm
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“As the Anglophone crisis goes wild, dialogue, justice, reconciliation and peace remain the keywords for a lasting solution,” the Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest Rev. Father Ludovic Lado has said in a statement to Crux Media.

The Anglophone crisis which will soon clock four years has claimed over 3000 lives and displaced thousands but all attempts to bring an end to the growing violent arm conflict have failed.

Rev. Lado

As his own possible solution to the surging crisis, Jesuit priest thinks fervent prayers could do the miracle for the desolate population. He has thus promised to conduct a pilgrimage for peace in October 2020 if the ‘deadlock remains unbroken.’

According to Crux reports, the Priest in the statement said he would walk from Bamenda in the North West Region, to Buea, in the South West Region, a trip that covers over 200 miles.

“If by October 2020, the Catholic Church, the Cameroonian State and the Ambazonians have done nothing for dialogue, justice, reconciliation and peace in the North West and South West, I will do my part. I have nothing to hide. 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.

Rev. Lado

The priest holds that the Catholic Church can’t stay indifferent to the deaths, is it is becoming a “collective sin.”

Following fruitless messages of a just dialogue, reconciliation and promising peace, that have been advanced by both government and Separatist fighters, Rev. Lado says “This is what we have been saying since the beginning of this tragedy which sinks deeper every day into the horror that crucifies women and children before our very eyes. My faith as a Christian, ‘priest, prophet and king’ forbids me to be indifferent. Our indifference has become a collective sin,” he said.

Rev. Lado

Aware of the risk he will embark on Rev. Lado added that “I’m already prepared to die for this cause, if I have to. It’s better to die for the cause of justice for all than to die of COVID-19. If I were to come across death during this pilgrimage, this would then take the place of my will. On my grave, it will suffice to write: “Blessed are the persecuted for righteousness” (Mt 5:10). Outrage is no longer enough. I can’t stand still.”

In July 2020, Archbishop Andrew Nkea of Bamenda, speaking in Vatican Radio disclosed that the Church is constantly working behind the scenes to promote dialogue.

 

“Even if the representatives of the Church do not sit at the negotiating table, in any case we continue to encourage dialogue and the search for a negotiated solution that definitively replaces weapons,” Bishop Nkea said.

Still, Rev. Lado thinks the Catholic Church has pressure the Cameroon government and the separatists  enough “for a negotiated solution” to the crisis.

Not only limiting his dismay to church authorities, the priest added that “When I speak here of the Catholic Church, I am not only thinking of the bishops and priests, but also of the laity who go to mass every Sunday,” adding that “The indifference of the Catholic Church in Cameroon is a sin.”

Rev. Lado

However, the Catholic Church in Cameroon has on several occasions shown commitment in kindling a peace process for these two regions, calling for an end to the violence. While they have attacked the government for several acts, they have also condemned the human rights abuses perpetrated by the separatists, especially the enforced closure of the schools in these regions.

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