AFRICA/COTE D'IVOIRE - A theologian: "Economic policies are urgently needed for the poor"

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - "Sometimes we have the feeling that our African economic policies, which enhance the fight against poverty, are in fact machines improved with care to fight the poor". This is how Father Donald Zagore, a theologian of the Society of African Missions, comments on the widespread economic crisis affecting many states on the African continent. "When we see the consequences that the policies promoted by our African states have on the population, we have the impression of witnessing an economic aggression against the poor in Africa", continues Zagore.
"Everything seems organized so that the poor are suffocated in their poverty". In recent times, he noted, the continuous increase in fuel prices, on which the lives of our African peoples are heavily dependent, is particularly relevant (see Fides 1/3/2018).
In Côte d'Ivoire, for example, in less than a year, the price of petrol has increased fivefold. "Faced with a dramatic situation, which weighs on our African peoples, the Church's prophetic voice must never cease to resonate to denounce and fight the political and economic systems that promote suicidal policies for our people. It should be remembered that the Church, with its commitment to justice, remains the only force that still brings hope to the African peoples", the missionary concludes. (DZ/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 13/9/2018)