A US missionary has been killed in Cameroon about two weeks after moving there with his wife and eight children.
Charles Wesco was in a car with his wife, son, another missionary and a driver on their way to a market in the city of Bamenda when he was shot.
He was caught in cross-fire between the security forces and separatist fighters, a government statement said. (Source: BBC News)
This sad event is as a result of political unrest in Cameroon. The conflicts began in 2016 with demonstrations by English-speaking lawyers, students and teachers. The protests were against marginalization by the French-speaking majority. This was met with a crackdown which resulted in the arrest of several activists. Several protesters were shot by security forces.
Mr Wesco, 44, had moved with his family to Bambili, which is on the outskirts of Bamenda, from the US state of Indiana.
The Wesco family had spent years raising funds for their move to Cameroon, said Pastor Dave Halyaman of the US-based Believers Baptist Church, which sent the family on the mission.
He told the BBC that Mr Wesco’s wife, Stephanie, had described her husband’s death as a tragedy but she said that she believed God allowed it for a purpose.
He said the church was being assisted by the US State Department in their efforts to bring the Wesco family home to the US “hopefully in a week or less”. (source: BBC News)
Currently, several separatists have demanded for an independent state, called “Ambazonia”. This resulted in more violence. Due to the crises in Cameroon, 160 000 people have fled their homes, the UN says. More than 20 000 have fled to Nigeria and other neighboring countries.