Anti-Christian violence in Cameroon has intensified, with seven Christians killed in one village during an overnight attack.
Among the seven murdered in the village of Wum, in the northwest, was a man called Angus Abraham Fung.
Fung, a Cameroonian national, worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators. His wife, Eveline, had a hand cut off and is recovering in a local hospital.
According to Wycliffe, Mr Fung had helped to translate the New Testament into the Aghem language, and was a Literacy Coordinator on the Aghem Bible translation project.
The translation was completed in 2016 and over 3,000 copies were printed. However, the conflict in the region has prevented the New Testaments being distributed.
Efi Tembon, previously director of the Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy and who worked on projects in Wum, said, ‘Angus was one of the key community leaders in the whole tribe and he was part of the translation services and co-ordinated literacy efforts.
‘He was a huge part of the literacy work, because their language had never been written before. He was the one co-ordinating it and teaching the language. Many people now can read and write the language as a result of Angus’ work’.
Despite the disruption caused by the war, the Aghem translation team are doing what they can to bring the New Testament to the Aghem people.
Wum is in a region at the heart of the conflict between Cameroon’s government and separatist guerillas. The conflict in Cameroon began in 2016 when Anglophone separatists began to seek autonomy – and a new nation – as they felt under-represented in central government, which is largely French-speaking.
Meanwhile, Islamic militants have been sweeping across the war-torn area. In July, 200 Christian families escaped alive when Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Roum.
The families had decided to sleep in the bush instead of in their houses – a precaution taken because of so many other recent attacks on nearby villages, according to Barnabas Fund Partners.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram terrorists cut off the ears of at least three Christian women after snatching them from their homes during a night-time raid on a mainly Christian town in the far north of Cameroon.