Friday, May 20, 2011

AFRICA: IVORY COAST: 30, 000 DISPLACED PEOPLE RECEIVED BY CATHOLIC MISSION

Agenzia Fides REPORT - "There are still 30,000 displaced people received into the catholic mission run by the Salesians in Duékoué" Bishop Gaspard Beby Gnéba, Bishop of Man in western Ivory Coast reports to Fides. These people have taken refuge in the mission because of violent clashes between the forces of former President Laurent Gbagbo and those of the current president Alassane Ouattara. Despite the victory of the latter (who officially takes office tomorrow ), there are major conditions of insecurity in several areas of the country, especially in the west, forcing the population to stay away from their places of residence.
One of the most dramatic situations is that of the mission of Duékoué, where many refugees have been displaced since last December. "These people cannot return home either because their homes were destroyed or because there remains significant insecurity. During the clashes homes and productive activities were looted and destroyed. Until an official security service is deployed, the attacks by criminal gangs will continue, "said the Bishop of Man to Fides
"Economic activities have completely stopped due to insecurity and the escape of the population both within Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia. The fathers of the mission are normally three, but currently there are only two because the pastor is ill - said Bishop Gnéba -. On Monday, May 16, I was there and I saw how difficult the situation is. Space is very limited for 30,000 people camped around the mission. The human density is extremely high with their health problems. There are cases of cholera. "
“Both the UN and national Caritas is committed to helping the displaced, but due to insecurity in their staff, they forced to go back and forth between Duékoué and Man, where security conditions are better" said Mons . Gnéba. "I thank all those who are helping us, but ask you to increase efforts because there is great need. I launch an appeal so as to assure the safety of the area and ask everyone to help us reconcile the minds of the population so that they can find peace in their hearts, " concluded the Bishop of Man

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