Cameroon Christians Join Muslims to Break Ramadan Fast

DF37D7D9-2A42-4310-A0AB-096BC28F6497_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy18_cw0Muslims around the world are marking Ramadan with prayer and fasting. In Cameroon, Christians and Animists are joining Muslims for the evening meal as a show of solidarity against the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has been carrying out attacks in the north since 2014.

Hundreds of people gather at Yaounde’s largest mosque to pray and break fast. But not all are Muslims. Christians have come to share supper. They wait outside in the courtyard while the Muslims pray.

“The message is just one: let Cameroon remain [the] same. Christians and Muslims should live together. We should not discriminate and we pray for a better Cameroon,”said  Charles Nzobo, an elder at the Catholic cathedral across town.

Fear of tensions

Cameroon does not have a history of religious conflict. But some fear that the Boko Haram insurgency in the north is creating tension and suspicion between Christians and Muslims as it did in Nigeria.

FILE - A woman sings during a prayer session at the Saint Francis Xavier parish, part of the fraternity Ephphata charismatic awakening branch of the Catholic church, ahead of the arrival on Tuesday of Pope Benedict XVI in Yaounde March 17, 2009.
FILE – A woman sings during a prayer session at the Saint Francis Xavier parish, part of the fraternity Ephphata charismatic awakening branch of the Catholic church, ahead of the arrival on Tuesday of Pope Benedict XVI in Yaounde March 17, 2009.
About a quarter of Cameroon’s population is Muslim. Authorities have arrested dozens of Muslim clerics for their alleged support for Boko Haram. But those gathered at the mosque say people should not generalize. 

FULL ARTICLE FROM VOA NEWS

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