Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishing a separate Islamic state in northern Nigeria to be rule by Sharia law, has waged a campaign of terror against Christians in north Nigeria for more than a decade. Now, their turning their attention to neighbouring states, like Cameroon. In two separate attacks, Boko Haram recently murdered more than 25 civilians, including a pastor, and abducted the wife of Cameroon’s vice-prime minister. Boko Haram has been made infamous by its mass-abduction of more than 240 school girls in April, 90% of whom are professed Christians. Learn everything you need to know about Boko Haram’s heinous schoolgirl abduction, here.
08/05/2014 Cameroon (World Watch Monitor) – At least 25 people were killed in Cameroon, among them a church leader, as militants carried out two spectacular attacks in the far north of Cameroon at the end of July. In one attack in the town of Kolofata, the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister and her maid were kidnapped, raising fears that the area has become a new battle-field for Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram.
In the second attack, Pastor Jean Marcel Kesvere of the Lutheran Brethren Church of
Cameroon, was kidnapped. His family found out later he’d been killed.
Recently, regional governments – from Niger, Chad, Cameroon, along with Nigeria – pledged to set up a joint-force to fight the Boko Haram crisis that has spread across all their borders.
But for now the radical sect, responsible for the kidnapping of more 200 school girls in Chibok, continues its deadly killing spree.
Cameroon – Suspected members of Boko Haram kill pastor
29 July 2014
Sharifa* Kesvere – Cameroon
On the afternoon of 24 July, suspected Boko Haram militants arrived at the village of Balgaram in the extreme north of Cameroon, where Pastor Jean Marcel Kesvere was living with his wife, Sharifa*, and their eight children. The militants caught the Kesvere family at home. Some of the older children ran off, but Sharifa couldn’t – she had the younger children with her. They watched helplessly as the attackers asked Jean Marcel what he did for a living. When they heard that he was a pastor, they bundled him into a car and left. He was killed the next day.
Sharifa and her children left with other villagers. There was no time to gather any of their belongings – they left with only the clothes on their backs.
Jean Marcel was well known to Open Doors; he attended several of the training events we ran in that part of Cameroon. Please pray for comfort for Sharifa and her children, and for wisdom as Open Doors looks at how to support them long term in partnership with the local church.
Suspected members of Boko Haram have killed Pastor Kesvere Jean Marcel, a missionary connected to the Fraternal Lutheran Church, after abducting him from the north of Cameroon over the weekend. Pastor Kesvere leaves behind a wife and eight children. Two Cameroonian soldiers were reportedly abducted at the same time as Pastor Kesvere.
Militants attacked various towns in the north of Cameroon last week, abducting an unknown number of people. They stormed Kolofata late on Saturday, shooting indiscriminately and looting homes, before abducting the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife and her maid early on Sunday morning. Seini Boukar, an influential community leader, and his family, were also abducted from Kolofata.
The spread of Boko Haram
Boko Haram recently gained media attention for abducting 200 girls from the mainly Christian enclave of Chibok in Nigeria. The girls remain missing, and it is thought they are being held in the vast Sambisa forest, which runs along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.
Although based in Nigeria, the insurgents are known for slipping across the porous borders of the nation into Chad and Niger as well as Cameroon. At the end of 2013 Boko Haram sent extortion letters to traders in the far north of Cameroon, and letters demanding that the Mayo-Sava region of northern Cameroon implement Islamic law and stop working with Westerners.
Source: BBC; Open Doors
- that the Lord will be near to the family of Pastor Kesvere and comfort them as they come to terms with their loss and provide for them. For the church as they overcome their shock and fear.
- that God will protect those who have been abducted and that they will be able to return home safely
- for wisdom for the government in Cameroon to know how to respond to Boko Haram.
- •You can write to encourage Pastor Kesvere’s wife here: