AMERICA/HAITI - Gang attacks against religious institutes continue

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - The Sisters of the Congregation of the Servants of the Sick of St. Camillus were recently the subject of an armed robbery in Port au Prince. In the middle of the night the nuns were attacked and robbed of the few possessions they had and the car they needed to travel around the city by one of the many groups of bandits who roam the streets of the capital and who recently have begun targeting religious institutes.
In a statement on the violence suffered by men and women religious, sent to Agenzia Fides, Cardinal Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes, expressed full solidarity against these acts of vandalism. In his speech to the Haitian Episcopal Conference (CEH), the Cardinal recalled: "since November 2014 to the present day about twenty houses belonging to the nuns have been attacked; religious women beaten, brutalized. Without being disturbed, looters take everything they can: money, identity documents, important documents and other valuables. The CEH deplores this state of affairs which is similar to an apotheosis of evil and expresses its deep concern. It condemns this wave of insecurity that befalls the people consecrated to God".
The Cardinal noted with concern that insecurity in the whole Country increases: every day young people, police officers, among others, are attacked and killed on the roads. The CEH therefore reiterates its unconditional support to the members of consecrated life in the Country and its close proximity to their suffering. He also "thanks civil authorities and the police for their support. The Church will never cease to show its solidarity to the Haitian society". (AP) (Agenzia Fides 12/03/2015)