AFRICA / MALAWI - The Bishops' letter is the last warning: for a missionary "there is risk of social explosion"

Thursday, 17 March 2016 bishops   hunger  

Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - "It is a very deep letter and to be taken seriously", said Fr. Piergiorgio Gamba, Monfort missionary, commenting on the Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of Malawi on the state of the Country (see Fides 15/03/2016), in which the serious social and economic conditions in which most of the population lives is emphasized.
"Malawi risks the explosion of hunger which this year will reach a critical level as a result of the crop gone bad in many areas of the Country due to climate change that does not bring enough rain for the growth of corn, the staple food for 17 million inhabitants" explains Fr. Gamba. "The Bishops speak precisely of a 'never-ending hunger' with millions of people at risk in the near future".
"The Bishops’ letter is perhaps the last call - or as they say the last wake-up call - because what could come after could be uncontrollable", says the missionary.
The lack of rain does not affect everyone in the same way, because as Fr. Gamba says, "on the eve of Passover, the description given by the Bishops is the Via Crucis of all the people of Malawi which is divided among very few who get rich and millions of people who live in hunger and in almost absolute poverty". And it is the gap between rich and poor that could unleash violent uprising. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/03/2016)