Boko Haram Islamic terror jihadi sect has attacked a village of Roum in Cameroon’s Far North Region, January 16, and destroyed churches and homes.
“Residents…were abruptly awoken…as blazing fires engulfed two churches and numerous homes in their village community,” voice of the Martyrs in Canada (VOMC) said in a statement. At least four Christians were reportedly killed by Islamic jihadists.
“In addition to the destruction of the Union des Eglise Evangelique Church and a Catholic parish, the fire also destroyed 93 huts, 20 food storehouses, and 11 motorbikes,” the VOMC added.
Another source added that the health center of the evangelical church was also attacked.
The Christian advocacy and aid group is calling prayers for “traumatized” Christians in Cameroon.
Nigeria-based Boko Haram rhad claimed responsibility for the attacks in nearby towns, including Mozogo and Moskota. “The department of Mayo-Tsanga, which includes Mozogo and Moskota, is one of the militants’ constant targets,” VOMC explained.
In August last year, six siblings were reportedly kidnapped from Moskota during a night raid by Boko Haram. Their father, Adamu Nguda, who served as a church elder, was killed and their mother “left behind in a state of total shock,” VOMC reported.
“Thankfully, the children, who were between the ages of three and 15 at the time, managed to escape from captivity safely. They were later found close to the country’s border near Nigeria by a group of vigilantes,” the group said.
“Cameroon, particularly the northern region, is [also] vulnerable to food insecurity largely because of government mismanagement, corruption, high production costs, inadequate infrastructure, and natural disasters,” the agency addedin a recent assessment.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos