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Cameroon: Seminarian Killed in English-Speaking Region

Gérard Anjiangwe Shot by Soldiers After Mass

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A seminarian has been killed in one of the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, according to Fides News Agency.
According to a statement signed by Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda, the young seminarian was named Gérard Anjiangwe, and was 19 years old. He was killed by a group of soldiers on October 4, 2018, in front of the parish church of Santa Teresa of Bamessing, a village near Ndop in Ngo-Ketunjia department, in the northwest of Cameroon.
The Archdiocese’s statement states that around 9.30 am, at the end of mass, while Gérard Anjiangwe and the faithful «were in front of the church, a military truck arrived from Ndop and stopped at the beginning of the road leading to the church. Some soldiers got out of the vehicle and started shooting.
While the faithful took refuge in the sacristy, barring the door, the seminarian prostrated himself on the floor and started to pray the rosary. «The military tried in vain to open the door; then they approached Gerard lying on the floor and ordered him to get up, which he did hesitantly», reported Archbishop Esua.
After interrogating him, the soldiers ordered the seminarian to kneel again. «Then they shot him three times in the neck and he died instantly,» said the Archbishop.
In his statement, Archbishop Esua calls upon all Christians in this moment of sorrow to pray for the soul of Gérard and also for Stephen Akiata and Comfort Akiata, his parents, and his whole family since the seminarian was their only child».
The dramatic episode is part of the tensions that preceded and accompanied the presidential elections held on October 7  in the English-speaking regions of the Country.
According to the count carried out by the National Commission for the counting of votes, outgoing President, Paul Biya, obtained 71.28 percent of the votes. These are the conclusions contained in the report sent by the Commission to the Constitutional Council on October 15.

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