(Courtesy of Eglise Catholique au Gabon via Facebook)
On March 20, 2020, the body of Sr. Lydie Oyanem Nzoughe was discovered in her room in the Center d'accueil Fraternité Saint Jean in Libreville, Gabon. She had been physically assaulted, and some of her items and her car had been stolen by a man who later turned himself in for the crime. He was identified as a worker who did menial jobs at the center and relied on tips to make a living.
News of Nzoughe’s murder shocked members of her congregation and the Central African nation. The first lady expressed her condolences and remembered the religious sister as a social pillar and caregiver to many residents and the community around the Saint John Fraternity Reception Center.
Nzoughe was a member of the Holy Mary congregation in Gabon and is memorialized as the founder of St. John Fraternity, a shelter for the sick and abandoned elderly people in Valleé Sainte Marie in Libreville. She was also a founder of the Gabonese Youth Eucharistic Movement established under the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.