On the 29th of November, a group of Conceptionist religious, kidnapped a week earlier, were released. They were detained in the English-speaking part of Cameroon when they were participating in an evangelising mission.
The missionaries posted a message on the website of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady where they thanked the people for their prayers and wrote: “It was not an easy experience. In the hardest moments, we prayed to the martyrs of our congregation, and we felt the force of their prayers. Now, we are in our parish in Douala, where we are negotiating the release of our driver, Jerry Berson, who is still detained by the kidnappers.”
In their message, they clarified that while news agencies reported that three men had been kidnapped, the actual number was five— the three religious, their driver who is still in captivity and the parish priest of Douala, Father Yene Anaclet. It was Fr Anaclet who acted as a negotiator for the release of the four but was himself taken captive. The other three kidnapped religious were Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh Basebang, Fr. Placide Muntong and Abel Fondem Ndia, a student for the priesthood.
The missionaries took a selfie to confirm that they are safe and sound.
In another communique, the Congregation of the Conceptionists confirmed that the four religious had been released. While stating that they were grateful to God for the release of the missionaries, and the prayerful intercession of so many people, the congregation also noted that their driver is still in captivity.
Source, photo: Aciprensa