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Religions 2017, 8(8), 143; doi:10.3390/rel8080143

Christian Churches and the Boko Haram Insurgency in Cameroon: Dilemmas and Responses

Department of History, Higher Teacher Training College, University of Bamenda, Bambili-Bamenda 39, Cameroon
Received: 15 June 2017 / Revised: 27 July 2017 / Accepted: 1 August 2017 / Published: 7 August 2017
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Abstract

The spillover of the terrorist activities of Boko Haram, a Nigerian jihadi group, into Cameroon’s north has resulted in security challenges and humanitarian activity opportunities for Christian churches. The insurgents have attacked and destroyed churches, abducted Christians, worsened Muslim-Christian relations, and caused a humanitarian crisis. These ensuing phenomena have adversely affected Christian churches in this region, triggering an aura of responses: coping strategies, humanitarian work among refugees, and inter-faith dialogue. These responses are predicated on Christianity’s potential as a resource for peace, compassion, and love. In this study we emphasize the role of Christian churches in dealing with the Boko Haram insurgency. It opens with a presentation of the religious configuration of Cameroon, followed by a contextualization of Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon’s north. The paper further examines the brutality meted out on Christians and church property. The final section is an examination of the spiritual, humanitarian, and relief services provided by churches. The paper argues that although Christian churches have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, they have engaged in various beneficial responses underpinned by the Christian values of peace and love. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cameroon; terrorism; religion; Islam; Boko Haram; Christian Churches; peace Cameroon; terrorism; religion; Islam; Boko Haram; Christian Churches; peace
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Michael Kpughe, L. Christian Churches and the Boko Haram Insurgency in Cameroon: Dilemmas and Responses. Religions 2017, 8, 143.

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