Historically, African migrants have gone to Libya for better economic prospect. Cameroon is on a major route to that country. But after Khaddafi's fall, Libya's appeal disappeared, and now, migrants go to Europe instead, even though many die on the journey. At home, they have nothing to lose. Bishop Ateba told ACN that to curb migration, jobs must be created in Africa.
“The hatred, which we have unfortunately already been experiencing for too long, will increase even more, and the ensuing spiral of violence will create more destruction. Everything seems to speak of death."
"I wanted to visit these offices because these countries used to receive aid from ACN but now contribute to fundraising efforts. It's remarkable how donors there look beyond their own struggles and help Christians in other countries who have it worse."
ACN was one of the first international organizations to initiate relief efforts after the earthquake, since it was already present on the ground and had local trusted partners in place. The Catholic charity provided material, psychological, and educational assistance.
"In my country, people do not exist as individuals; they exist as part of a group. That is why a more individualized approach to religion generally doesn’t go well, especially when it is a Muslim converting to Christianity."
Miraculously, no Christians were killed in the attacks, but hundreds of families fled and were forced to stay with relatives or even out in the fields. They lost their livelihoods and all their possessions.
When the drones hit Lviv on the morning of September 19th, a warehouse containing donations to the charity Caritas-Spes was destroyed. “All the relief goods stored there should have gone to Kharkiv and Pavlograd in the following days,” the bishop told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).