Women Denounce Terrorism, Pray God To Punish Embezzlers
By Chris Mbunwe
Northwest women groups, on October 13, came together in the Bamenda Congress Hall where they decried all forms of terrorism in Cameroon.
Drawn from various religious backgrounds, including the Moslem faith, the over 2,000 women, meeting under banner of “Women Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace, Unity, Security and Health,” decried terrorism in all it facets.
The Chair of the organising committee of the meeting, Regina Mundi, recalled that in 2013, the United Nation Security Council demonstrated renewed determination to put women’s leadership at the centre of all efforts to resolve conflicts and promote peace. As such, women have to stand up and decry any actions that go contrary to peace and the wellbeing of mankind.
She paid tribute to President Paul Biya and the forces of law and order for the recent release of 27 hostages that were held by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Mundi said, as mothers, their hearts are full of anguish against what was happening in the border towns of the North and the East Regions where “our own children, brothers, sisters and neighbours are hurting us.
She continued: “That is why we are here today to cry out with one voice, that all these things hurt us all. We denounce all cultural and religious causes of terrorism. We are taken aback by the level of human heartlessness and cruelty which is like a divine visitation which only the Lord God Himself can stop for He says in Chronicle 7:13-14; ‘when I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people,” Mundi remarked.
She said the current atmosphere of insecurity evokes great fear for the future if all hands are not put on deck, so that the war against Boko Haram, Ebola, and Cholera could be won.
Preaching peaceful coexistence, mutual assistance and positive change of mentality, Mundi said it was their responsibility as women to console fellow human beings, “because, to pray for peace is to open the human heart for God’s power to strengthen the solidarity of the human frailty.” In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, Mundi prayed God to make each man and women an instrument of peace and be each other’s keeper during this period of instability.
The Regional Delegate of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Judy Ngwe Abong, observed that women are war victims while the perpetrators of war are men who go about in comfortable vehicles, while women and children suffer. She thanked Mundi for her initiative and the entire organising committee for mobilising Northwest women to attend the event.
Moslem leaders in separate prayers, advocated for peace to reign. They observed that, in the absence of peace, the economy crumbles. They urged God to punish embezzlers of public funds who have brought Cameroon to its knees.
During prayers of intercession and exaltation, some women prayed that God should protect the players of Sierra Leone who are in Cameroon to go back peacefully without leaving any trace of the Ebola Virus in Cameroon.