I have just had a chat with my friend in Anglophone Cameroon, fearful for the lives of everyone in the area. (There is no internet connection even though the WhatsApp number rings and she apparently sent me an email today: the connection seems to be working, but actually is blocked.)
The main problem is movement - this is very restricted due to the roadblocks created by the villagers as their only means of defence. This means it is very difficult to transport people to hospital. So many victims of violence are in desperate need for hospital treatment but are unable to access the help they need.
She hears multiple rounds of gunshots - not necessarily in the local area, but certainly in the closest town where people can buy food. There is no longer a local market. My friend suffers palpitations when she hears the gunshots, thinking of the lives lost and the plight of the people who happen to be in the path of aggressors, running for their lives. As we know the enemy is often invisible and my friend is scared that it is monitoring/watching her and her extended family/community.
Despite all of this, she has continued to help those in need - the community still have vehicles and the donation money we send is used for transport and for food. Food supplies are low even within the community but fortunately they grow a lot of their own food. The harvest has just finished but no one is cultivating the farmland around due to the dangers.
As you know there doesn't seem to be any solution.
What is the British government doing?
They are literally being slaughtered, day after day. The villagers are hiding in the bush without food. This is reality for them.
I thought I understood the situation, but it is only when we speak with a friend subjected to this oppressive regime, that we begin to realise that we must do all we possibly can to help our sisters and brothers who are suffering so badly and seemingly left ignored by the rest of the world. The only hope remaining for these people, my friend told me, is to be able to bury their dead.
Please pray for peace.
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