Cameroon: Fr Ludovic Lado SJ Calls for Africa Cup of Nations Boycott
|

Cameroon: Fr Ludovic Lado SJ Calls for Africa Cup of Nations Boycott

“I simply invite Cameroonians who care about human dignity to boycott stadium in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the bushes in the North West and South West regions and with those jailed in violation of human rights and public liberties,” the Jesuit Priest who serves at the Centre for Studies and Training for…

Cameroon: Bishops See Soccer Tournament as Opportunity to Build Peace
|

Cameroon: Bishops See Soccer Tournament as Opportunity to Build Peace

Bishop Michael Bibi of Buea, located in the English-speaking South West region, said he was “excited” about Cameroon hosting AFCON, and called on Cameroonians to treat visitors with courtesy. “We are also praying that during this period, we should avoid any incidents that may not be proper, that may not reflect who we are and…

Auctioning Human Beings in Libya: The Ugly Face of the World’s Many Racisms
| | |

Auctioning Human Beings in Libya: The Ugly Face of the World’s Many Racisms

Racism is being called out across the world – and not just in the usual places. The word “racism” has been taken up by Yazidis in Syria, Uyghurs in China, and Papuans in Indonesia and used to describe their experience of discrimination. Expressed very simply, racism is prejudice and discrimination by a more powerful in-group against a minority group…

Cameroon: Call for ‘Olympic Peace’ during Africa Cup of Nations
|

Cameroon: Call for ‘Olympic Peace’ during Africa Cup of Nations

Following the Africa Cup, the African football championship from January 9 to February 6, 2022 in Cameroon, various development organizations – including Misereor and Brot für die Welt – are calling for an end to violence in the African country. Together with organizations from Cameroon’s civil society, they draw attention to serious violations of human…

Cameroon: The Army’s Revenge Killings
|

Cameroon: The Army’s Revenge Killings

“Most of the atrocities carried out on the population in the course of this conflict has always been the direct result of incensed military directing their anger on the local population,” the officials of DHPI say. They add, “The military claim the locals harbor, know where the separatist fighters hide, are their relatives and friends…

Pope’s Prayer Intention for January: Religious Discrimination and Persecution
| | | |

Pope’s Prayer Intention for January: Religious Discrimination and Persecution

How is it possible that many religious minorities currently suffer discrimination or persecution? How can we allow that in this society, which is so civilized, there are people who are persecuted simply because they publicly profess their faith? Not only is it unacceptable; it’s inhuman, it’s insane. Religious freedom is not limited to freedom of…

55th World Day of Peace – Message Pope Francis
| | | | |

55th World Day of Peace – Message Pope Francis

In every age, peace is both a gift from on high and the fruit of a shared commitment. Indeed, we can speak of an “architecture” of peace, to which different institutions of society contribute, and an “art” of peace that directly involves each one of us. [3] All can work together to build a more peaceful world,…

Missionaries Killed in 2021
| | | |

Missionaries Killed in 2021

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, in 2021 22 missionaries were killed in the world: 13 priests, 1 religious man, 2 religious women, 6 lay persons. This year the highest number of missionaries killed was registered in Africa, where 11 missionaries (7 priests, 2 religious women, 2 lay persons)…

Kenya: ‘Undaunted’, a Memoir by Kiltegan Missionary Gabriel Dolan
| | |

Kenya: ‘Undaunted’, a Memoir by Kiltegan Missionary Gabriel Dolan

Fr Gabriel Dolan is a member of St Patrick’s Society for the Foreign Missions (Kiltegan) and a tireless high profile defender of human rights in Kenya. In this book he presents a fascinating account of his struggles for justice and human rights in Turkana and elsewhere in Kenya, with a collection of columns published by…

South Sudan: Oil Companies in the Dock for War Crimes
|

South Sudan: Oil Companies in the Dock for War Crimes

Investigations leading to these charges began in 2010 following a report by PAX, a Dutch NGO, which the former implementing agency for the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS), on Lundin’s activities in the region. The report entitled Unpaid Debt, alleged that members of the Lundin Consortium, including OMV AG  (Austria) and Petronas (Malaysia), may have…

Holy Innocents: A Gospel Story in Contemporary Setting
| | | | |

Holy Innocents: A Gospel Story in Contemporary Setting

Lest we are tempted just to leave this feast for hazy conjecture, I suggest it does fulfil a contemporary purpose and that is to give us a chilling reminder of how innocent life is always the victim when men’s political and warring excesses get the upper hand in the insecure male adult psyche. When I…

Cameroon: ‘Attacks intensify, with Great Suffering for Civilians’ – Archbishop Nkea
|

Cameroon: ‘Attacks intensify, with Great Suffering for Civilians’ – Archbishop Nkea

“The situation in the English-speaking regions is always very tense. According to observers, the ‘Amba Boys’ (the independence fighters, ed) are intensifying their attacks on the military. This leads to a violent reaction from the army, which however also affects the civilian population. Recently, for example, armed groups planted a bomb near an army center…