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Cameroon – Bishop Bala case: Very angry divers claim their bonus after conducting searches for 3 days

Written by Deckson N.

Solicited by the council of this locality for the search of the body of the prelate, they say they have been forgotten, despite the promises.

Found dead on May 2, the autopsy of Monsignor Jean Marie Benoit Balla has just ended and his remains handed over to the church and his family. To find the missing prelate on May 31, 2017, fourteen local divers had been acclaimed by the council of Ebebda (Central Region), in order to accentuate the search in the waters of the Sanaga.

Once the body was found, these divers said they had been cheated by the administrative authorities, who had promised to take charge of them, according to Le Messager on Monday 5 May 2017.

For three days, we left our families to try to find the bishop and today no one is looking at us. Yet when the man of God was found, I thought that the authorities were going to see us. They all left and we do not know who to address today, “says Adamou Doba, father of 5 children and leader of the research group.

Indeed, for 72 hours, these men actively participated in the prelate’s searches. But promises of care not kept (at least for the time being by the administrative authorities), arouse some dissatisfaction.

It’s not normal that we are treated like sub-men after such an important task the next time they come to see us, we will not be willing to do anything,” says a sand digger

Yet, the newspaper said, Ebebda’s mayor, Syrinus Awono, had reassured from the beginning of this story that the state has put everything at his disposal so that the research operation is well conducted.

Unfortunately, at the end of the operation, “the mayor only gave us a food dish of 500 FCFA and a beer or a juice, depending on the tastes of each one,” sneers Adamou Doba.

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