Cameroon celebrated fifty years of independence from colonial rule on 20 May 2010. Major
problems facing the nation are economic, social and political crises and the appalling condition
of its prisons. This article focuses on pastoral care with prisoners in Cameroon. Most churches
in Cameroon have no pastoral care programme for prisoners. The churches in general are not
yet committed to this kind of work. The article argues that changes and reform of the penitential
system will be difficult if not impossible without collaboration with other institutions and
resources, which include the different faith communities and faith based organisations. The
focus should be on the care and well-being of those within its walls if successful rehabilitation
is to take place. Spiritual care will contribute to the general well-being of prisoners. The article
gives a broad overview of the situation of prisons and prisoners in Cameroon and presents a
pastoral care approach that could contribute to the overall improvement of the lives of people
in Cameroon prisons.
A.K.A. (University of Pretoria) did the research for his
Masters dissertation and the article was written under the
supervision of Y.D. (University of Pretoria).