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

Version 1 : Received: 15 June 2017 / Approved: 16 June 2017 / Online: 16 June 2017 (05:13:32 CEST)

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Michael Kpughe, L. Christian Churches and the Boko Haram Insurgency in Cameroon: Dilemmas and Responses. Religions 2017, 8, 143. Michael Kpughe, L. Christian Churches and the Boko Haram Insurgency in Cameroon: Dilemmas and Responses. Religions 2017, 8, 143.

Journal reference: Religions 2017, 8, 143
DOI: 10.3390/rel8080143

Abstract

The spillover of the terrorist activities of Boko Haram, a Nigerian jihadi group, into Cameroon’s northern region 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. Aggregately, 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 up with a contextualization of Boko Haram in Cameroon’s north. This is followed by an examination of the brutality meted out on Christians and church property. The final section is an examination of the spiritual, humanitarian and relief services provided by Christian 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.

Subject Areas

Cameroon; terrorism; religion; Islam; Boko Haram; Christian churches; peace

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