The Bangwa people

The Bangwa, after the painful trial they went through of the devastating death of most babies in the 60ies, today they are a healthy, young and educated people also thanks to Pia.
In Fontem, since when Pia worked there as a midwife for 48 years, children, boys and girls young people and less young people passed through her hands and became part of her heart.
To enjoy their joy and vitality in a recent video look at this:


From what Chiara Lubich witnessed:

I would like to share briefly with you a short story, almost a fable, about a people, the Bangwa  people in the English speaking part of Camerun.  It is an example of how fraternity lived by the  Movement for Unity, practised by a community may have a great political impact on it.

In one of my visits in the 60ies, while groups of Bangwa, who recognized their king, the Fon Defang of Fontem, were dancing in a large flat area within the forest, I felt a strange impression.  It seemed to me that God, as a sun, enveloped all those people and us.

That sun, that divine sign, made me  portend the birth, there in the midst of the tropical forest, of a city built together. I returned to Fontem after more that 30 years later and a beautiful and large city is visible for everyone.

I saw what love can do, what fraternity lived among people of two continents can build. They are one.  The fact many Bangwa continue to follow their traditional religion, the fact the base structure is still supported by an ancestral system held by a thousand ancient norms. Fraternity, which besides is contained in each person’s heart, down there it triumphs and does miracles.

The new king, Lucas Njifua Fontem, son of the former king, saw and understood. He told us that all those who follow this way are just and honest and contribute to the well being of the community. That is why, during this last stay of mine there, he placed himself in front of all his people and he invited all of them with ardor and determination to make their own the spirit of our Movement whose statute welcomes in its bosom people of all religions, non believers of good will. In a State, Camerun that knows a widespread corruption, according to what is being said, the King declares that the Fontem’s inhabitants who follow the spirit of our movement never have any problems, because they resolve  everything with love. They do not fight because of borders of their lands but they define them in harmony. They live in absolute peace. No one steals, they do not hurt anyone nor do they kill. They see not to need a police force. They find solutions for all problems within the family because they hold the family institution with total sense of solidarity. Children do not present heavy economic problems; they preserve and value life already very appreciated by their African culture, in all stages of life. They respect authority, and still supported by their culture, they have a deep esteem for the elderly. They take care of their own health and they are very generous. The “culture of giving”, as an effect of fraternity, shines there and illiteracy is slowly vanishing.

Fraternity therefore generates a new life style, it unites the community yet at the same time it differentiates roles and tasks. In such a way persons, families, small businesses, traditional and State institutions, living fraternity each can reach  its own  goal respecting and cooperating with all the others. They thus allow society as a whole to achieve its own political aim: its common good. This is what a spirit of fraternity reached and reaches in an African tribe. It became a people after we ran into such place before they could have encountered the so called western civilization. We wonder what this attitude of fraternity can achieve if it will animate the entire world?