By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Saturday, December 7, 2019.
At least five representatives of the United Nations (UN) have actively participated in the funeral of an aid worker, Saturday, December 7, 2019, National Telegraph has confirmed.
The officials, among them two (2) Europeans, and three (3) Africans, are members of two UN Humanitarian agencies; United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said a source.
Pascal Ngwayi, a Humanitarian Worker with COMINSUD, a local NGO, and UN partner was abducted, Saturday, November 30, 2019, and later killed by unknown armed men in the area.
During a funeral mass in Nkambe, a village in Cameroon’s Donga Mantung Division in the country’s restive North West, Rev Kushu Solii Ngah A. von Bamfem intrigued mourners at the Christ the King Parish Church Nkambe Town with the theme; “Where is your brother Abel?”
Drawing inspiration from Gen 4:4-11 Psalm 23; 1 Cor. 15: 29-32; John 6:52-58, the Man of God said “God the Father tells us that he is still at the very position of unconditional love where he was when his Son cried and questioned, ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?'”
The priest went on that God created all and sundry in his image and likeness, adding “the life and death of each of us should concern all of us. God is asking all of us this question; “Where is Pascal, your brother?”
The clergy added he never knew Pascal was kidnapped until last Sunday on his way from a Mission Station when one of his congregants shocked him with a very unexpected sad phone call announcing Pascal was killed in Wat.
Rev Kushu reminded mourners of the first reading which presents a first instance where God pronounces a curse on a human being for committing fratricide or murder motivated by malicious jealousy. To amplify how killing another is, the priest invoked the story of Cain and Abel.
God the Creator is recorded to have told Cain who killed his brother Abel: “Where is your brother, Abel? Why have you done this terrible thing? Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground, like a voice calling for revenge. You are placed under a curse…”.
He furthered that the killing of a human being brings a curse on the murderer and on the land, adding God in the Book of Exodus Chapter 20 God tells his People in verse 13: “Thou shall not kill”.
Jesus will again remind us of this divine injunction in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 5 adding to it the fact that anger manifested against a human being is itself equal to killing. Wishing someone dead or planning someone’s death is the same as killing the person according to Jesus, Rev Kushu said.
The priest regretted that like Abel, Pascal was killed for thinking different; Paschal was killed for holding a rosary, Pascal was killed for doing a humanitarian action to mediate charity for those suffering as a consequence of the war in English Cameroon; Pascal was Killed like Christ his Lord by some heartless, merciless, inhuman beings who have given their lives to the service of the one whose essence is to deceive, to kill, to steal and to destroy.
Even in just war circumstances, humanitarian workers, health workers, clergy and religious workers and workers of organizations responsible for the common good are always protected and defended by both warring parties, he echoed.
The UN also regretted Pascal’s death, saying it’s a blow to Humanitarian work. UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon, Allegra Baiocchi, said in a statement, Sunday, December 1, 2019, she strongly condemns the killing of an aid worker in North-west Cameroon. Pascal’s funeral was satisfactorily attended, including members of COMINSUD, the aid agency Pascal worked for before his death.
For over three years now, the country, in its two English-speaking regions is hit by an armed conflict with a demand by the majority of its residents for a separate state called Ambazonia. The crisis has led to thousands of deaths, torching hundreds of villages, millions of displaced people and thousands of political prisoners.