Luc Gnowa, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Cameroon is asking the Fellowship to pray for people in Cameroon’s Far North Region, where Boko Haram has begun using young girls as suicide bombers.
Dozens have died in five suicide bomb attacks there this month, three of which took place in Maroua, the regional capital, in the past week. The Bible Society has been warned by local authorities that Bible House in Maroua is one of the jihadist group’s key targets.
Luc has travelled to Maroua and describes the situation:
“Last night I went out for a walk in the city to witness the situation myself. What was once a bustling, noisy city now resembles a ghost town. All the shops, which are normally open and busy at that time, were closed. I only saw one restaurant that was open.
“I spoke to a number of people and it’s clear that they are still in shock. The whole city is traumatised. People are worrying that more suicide bombers are at large. I heard that two young girls, who were on their way to my hometown to detonate their bombs in the local market, were arrested on Sunday.
“Here in Maroua I have introduced some security measures around our Bible House because of the threat we heard about. I felt it was important for me to come and be with the staff here, and they appreciate my presence. I have also spent time with other Christians in the community, including the Archbishop.
Thousands of refugees
“Bible Society work, like all other activity in Maroua, has slowed down due to the crisis. Every day our staff receive requests for Bibles, but they can’t meet all the needs due to a lack of resources. Thousands of refugees from Nigeria as well as internally displaced Cameroonians who lost everything when they fled Boko Haram are living in camps in and around Maroua. There are so many needs.
“Please pray for the ongoing safety of our Bible Society staff who serve here. Pray also for the Christian community. The government is sending in 2,000 more troops to help restore security. Please ask God to bless their efforts to restore peace to this region.”