Rome Newsroom, Apr 3, 2021 / 06:35 am
Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Cameroon’s first cardinal and a dedicated advocate for peace in the country’s Anglophone crisis, has died at the age of 90.
Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala announced in a letter on the morning of April 3 that the cardinal had died.
Tumi had been active in seeking a peaceful resolution to Cameroon’s violent Anglophone crisis. He dedicated much of the decade after his retirement as archbishop of Douala to peace efforts and is credited with helping to create the Anglophone General Conference, a framework for dialogue between all parties to the conflict.
The cardinal made headlines last November when he was kidnapped by armed separatists in Cameroon’s Northwest Region.