War on Ambazonia : Violence begets violence- Cardinal Tumi
The Archbishop Emeritus of Douala, has said violence can not bring peace, but rather Violence begets violence.
Christian Cardinal Tumi was speaking in a video that went viral on social networks last weekend.
He was reacting to the resurgence of violence in the Southwest region of Cameroon. According to the prelate, reports that the Cameroon army burned entire villages are well known. “Entire villages have been completely razed by the army (…) it’s a reality,” he says.
Cardinal Tumi believes that the President of the Republic is not aware of the situation on the ground, reasons why he has not condemn these atrocities. “I am sure that if the President of the Republic knew what is happening now, he would have condemned it. But on the contrary, he congratulated the army for the good work done to bring back peace. Violence can never bring peace. Violence begets violence. I have heard about the destruction of homes and killings of civilians … and I think this must be condemned. We, Cameroonians, must respect life, and the lives of everyone, even those of the military.”
Christian Tumi Church is not the only Roman Catholic bishop who has spoken about the current situation in English-speaking regions of the country. The Bishop of Mamfe, Monsignor Andrew Nkea was from 31 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 in state of Cross River, where there are nearly 10,000 Cameroonian refugees fleeing the crackdown by regime forces. “Their stories are pathetic and the conditions in which they live are appalling. They are scattered everywhere and sleep on verandas and in open spaces like people without homeland. It was a great joy for me and the Christians to unite again, “he said on his return.
He took the opportunity to appeal to the Cameroon government, pleading for a return to normalcy. “It’s not a good situation. We must all unite, the government, the soldiers, the people to improve the situation and work for peace, “he added.