Internally displaced persons in the Fako North Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon have been challenged to be asiduos and not lazy around because of their condition. This was echoed Wednesday October 30 2019 as they converge on the Synod Office hall in Buea_ Cameroon. The call was made by the Moderator of the PCC_ Rt. Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba, in an occassion that brought together the Financial Secretary and other church officials, together with the Cameroon cordinator for Mission 21.
It was all smiles and joy as the IDPs sang songs of hope to kick start the session. Hard hit in various communities by the crisis, some IDPs recount: " I was working as a manager in an international hotel in Bamenda. While there, there was persistent pressure from secessionists asking for regular support. This forced me to flee because i was able to meet their demands at some point. This explains why i am in Buea presently, residing at mile 16". Another IDP testifies; " Gun battle between the police and the secessionists led to the death of our neighbour in Ekona. I was so scared, i had to leave the area".
Receiving support from her partners Mission 21 and the Methodist church of Britain, PCC's development secretary Mrs. Eben Jessy Mpwateh says their aim was to reach the most in need.
" This is not the first time the PCC is lending a helping hand. We are aware that what we give is small, but we are sure it helps somehow. This is a community initiative to bring together IDPs from various congregations in the Fako North Presbytery, so that we can at least touch many more persons."
Giving with a sincere heart, items consisting of beddings, toiletries and food stuffs, PCC's Moderator Rt. Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba was more particular as he advised all to uphold their dignity in the phase of the crisis. He said "My father once told me not to let poverty bring down my value in society. If anyone offers you help in a rude manner because you are internally displaced, don't accept the offer". He equally stressed on them to make the best of their situation by saying "Put aside pride and do the odd jobs that will fetch you income", he concluded.
Though hard hit by the Anglophone crisis since 2016, in the health, education and other domains, the PCC still stands tall in her drive to assist victims of the ongoing stalemate in the North west and South west regions of Cameroon.
CÉCILIA MUJOKO/BUEA /UP AFRICA TV