" Working for Justice and Peace is a Question of Balance."

The Link Between the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Archdiocese of Bamenda.

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In 1974 a formal twinning of the Diocese of Portsmouth and the Archdioceses of Bamenda was established. Since then, both dioceses have been collaborating through exchange visits and the execution of projects. The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Archdiocese of Bamenda has benefited from projects funded in the Archdiocese of Bamenda by the Portsmouth Diocese with funds coming from the Church, donations from Christians, Trust, and people of good will in the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Within the period 2012 - 2013, the Diocese of Portsmouth sponsored a JPC project titled Promoting Human Rights and Conflict Management by supporting the training of support staff or volunteers and also supporting victims of Trafficking in Persons (TIP)in the Archdiocese Bamenda. In 2014, the JPC developed and submitted another project proposal titled Enhancing the Capacities of Justice and Peace workers in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. This project which has been funded, will go a long way to contribute to a more just and peaceful people in the Archdiocese of Bamenda in particular, and the society as a whole.

Still in 2014, the Ruby Jubilee Celebration of the link between the two dioceses was celebrated in both dioceses with the JPC taking part in the celebration at the level of Bamenda and Portsmouth. At the end of the celebration, the Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Cornelius FontemEsua formed a Bamenda Portsmouth Committee in the Archdiocese of Bamenda with the Justice and Peace Office (the Coordinator) acting as Projects Officer of this committee.

Archdiocesan Ad Hoc Committee Continues to Support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS)

The Archdiocesan Ad hoc Committee (Justice & Peace, Social Welfare/Caritas & Health Commissions) charged with the management of the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within the Archdiocese of Bamenda continues to capitalize its efforts in Humanitarian Assistance to people in distress.

With support from the Diocese of Portsmouth, it reaches out to the next set of Parishes hosting IDPs within their Parish Communities. These are St.Lucy Ntauru, St. Therese Azire,St. Gabriel Alamatu, St. Paul Nkwen, St. Agnes Mbesa, St. Michael Futru, Our Lady of Fatima Ntaafi, St. Joseph Fonfuka,Christ the King Ntambeng, and St. Teresa Ilung.

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Justice and Peace Service is made Part of an Ad Hoc Commission to Manage the Situation Of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

This Archdiocesan Ad Hoc Commission was created in the month of July 2018 by Most Rev. Cornelius Fontem Esua, Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Bamenda as a result of the consciousness that many people have been severely affected by the ongoing sociopolitical upheavals/armed conflict in the North West and South Regions of Cameroon.

This Commission is made up of the Justice and Peace, Health and Social Welfare/Caritas Services. It has as mandate to provide Food and Non Food Items, Health Care, Psychosocial Support and Re-establishment of lost or destroyed Identification Documents to IDPs.

With support from the Diocese of Portsmouth, UK, the Ad Hoc Commission has been able to provide humanitarian aid to about 4.500 IDPs from the affected regions residing within Bamenda Town and beyond.

Paying particular attention to nutrition, hygiene and sanitation needs, the following items were distributed to the IDPs; Washing Soap, Vegetable Oil, Beans, Maggi Cubes, Rice, Maize Dignity Kits, Palm Oil, Soya Beans, Garri (Cassava Flour), Groundnuts, and Koki Beans.

Some Parishes equally benefited from this support. These are St. Joseph Mankon, Christ the King Mbengwi, St. Jude Fundong, St. Theresa Bamessing, Christ the King Fuli-Kom, St. Francis Xavier Bali Nyonga, St. Anthony Njinikom, All Saints Bayelle, St. John the Baptist Foncha Street, Immaculate Conception Ngomgham, Queen of Peace Njimafor, and St. Clementine Anwarite Yemge.

Given that there are many more IDPs than we have supported with the available means, added to the fact that the armed conflict is still ongoing, with a continues influx of IDPs, this Ad Hoc Commission, like Oliver Twist, continues to solicit for more support from organizations and people of goodwill, which will enable us better meet the humanitarian needs of these IDPs, while greatly praying that a lasting solution to this conflict is found soonest.

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