Since 2016 there has been a steady increase in human rights violations, kidnapping, violence, destruction of material and human resources, alarmingly disturbing loss of life and livelihoods, displacement of victims of avoidable violence, manipulation of the masses by nefarious media campaigns, etc.
For long now, people have wept, cried out for help, and no help has come.
Children so far are the most affected. Children whose days are supposed to be spent playing with friends and attending school, now have a life of terror, fear and uncertainty.
Across the country children and their families are fleeing with their communities. Nights are filled with the sound of gunshots and smoke from homes being burned to the ground.
To escape these horrors, families are fleeing to the forests to make the two-month journey to Bamenda where it is somewhat safer.
Even then they still face issues of hunger, lack of shelter and other basic needs. Consequently, most of the children who have undergone this ordeal are highly traumatized and have lost all hope of a better life.
According to UNICEF, nearly 31 million children have been forcibly displaced at the end of 2018. This includes approximately 17 million children displaced within their own countries, like these children in Cameroon. The main reason: violence and conflict.
Fr Paulinus Abose and team are doing their best to ensure that affected children, in particular, do not feel lonely. Children First Africa, having as Children their main target do organize activities at different areas from time to time just to give hope to these children.
Peculiar was this day at Futru – NKwen, where the children, for one day they were able to be free of concern and fear. For one day they were allowed to just be kids. Each child now knows there is a light at the end of the tunnel. They now each have hope for a better tomorrow. This all happened because one religious sister used her skills to plan a party.