Militants ransack two Christian villages in Cameroon, damaging churches and razing 190 homes

Source:  www.barnabasfund.org

Date:  January 29, 2019

Large numbers of suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the predominantly Christian villages of Gochi and Toufou in north Cameroon, on 24 January.

The raids came in the middle of the night, overwhelming the soldiers on guard, forcing them to flee and causing appalling damage.

Barnabas Fund contacts report that 190 houses were destroyed in the villages. Four churches were ransacked, with valuables stolen and livestock killed. A Christian hospital was set on fire, dozens of motorbikes destroyed and essential household items such as mattresses vandalised or looted.

One of 190 houses razed in Tourou district, Cameroon, by suspected Boko Haram militants
One of 190 houses razed in Tourou district, Cameroon, by suspected Boko Haram militants

Witnesses at the scene of the attack said, “Is it really human beings who are doing this?”

Contacts said that although the attackers came in force, they were not intent on killing people this time, as they fired into the air. Their aim seemed to be the looting of clothing and food to panic the local population and economically ruin them – forcing families to flee the area.

The prefect for the area has promised additional security, but no emergency relief for the victims has been offered at this time.

The attack on Gochi and Toufou is the fourth by militants in two weeks. In the previous attacks three people were killed and churches and homes were damaged or destroyed.

According to Barnabas Fund contacts, Christian villages in the far north of Cameroon are subject to attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militias as they attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate from north-eastern Nigeria all the way to northern Cameroon, which is where most Cameroonian Muslims live in what is a predominantly Christian country.

Please join us in prayer:  Pray for our brothers and sisters who have been attacked in northern Cameroon, that their needs for practical support will be met as they begin to rebuild their lives. Ask that the Lord who heals the broken hearted will help them recover from the trauma of the attack. Pray that all believers in Cameroon will continue to be in awe of His words (Psalm 119:161) and will glorify Him by their lives.

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