As global and regional ecumenical organizations, churches and mission societies met in Wuppertal, Germany from 7-9 September, they discussed the deteriorating situation affecting the Anglophone communities and regions of Cameroon.
Meeting with representatives of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, they also issued a communique that describes an upcoming joint effort to explore ways of constructive engagement for justice and peace in Cameroon.
The participants listened to reports about the historic and increasing marginalisation of the Anglophone population, heard about severe violations of human rights, were told about the closing of hospitals and schools, and engaged with the situation of more than 500,000 internally displaced persons.
“In response to the severity of the situation, the participating institutions agreed to collaborate in an Ecumenical Forum on the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon,” reads the communique. “The World Council of Churches and the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon will convene the forum.”
Churches that strive for a constructive solution of the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon in the spirit of justice and peace will be invited to join.
The forum will provide accurate information about the Anglophone crisis; undertake international, regional and national advocacy; strengthen peace-building; and accompany the affected population and the churches.