AMERICA/PARAGUAY - The appeal of the Apostolic Vicar of Chaco Paraguayo: "Live without violence and abuse"

Monday, 4 July 2016 indigenous   violence   bishops  

Chaco (Agenzia Fides) - An appeal "to non-violence and coexistence without abuse" was launched by His Exc. Mgr. Gabriel Narciso Escobar Ayala, Apostolic Vicar of Chaco Paraguayo.
The request came yesterday, after reporting during the Sunday celebration the case of an indigenous teenager of Tomarahos ethnicity, who a few days ago was the victim of a brutal assault in this city. The violence of the attackers was such that they almost disfigured her, because she endured sexual violence.
According to information sent to Fides, the apostolic Vicar took the opportunity to denounce once again the climate of abuse and violence that reigns in the region, mainly due to the lack of intervention by the local authorities. In particular, the criticism was addressed to the representatives of the Public Ministry, the National Police and even the doctors of the regional hospital: "I refuse to believe that this neglect of the authorities is connected to the fact that the victim is a humble person and especially indigenous", said Mgr. Escobar Ayala who specifically asked those who are at the forefront of these institutions to carry out their duty, in order to protect the integrity of the people and especially the poor.
In the northern area of Paraguay, according to the note sent by the Vicariate, the population lives in a situation of neglect by the state, with no facilities, in addition to abuse and violence on behalf of those who should enforce the rights of the population. Several times the Bishops have openly denounced the serious situation demanding the intervention of the state (see Fides 27/05/2014; 17/03/2016). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 04/07/2016)