AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - Massacre of Alindao; the Bishops: "To protect lives is the first duty of the State"; Sunday 2 December day of mourning

Monday, 26 November 2018 massacres   bishops  

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - "The human person is sacred and inviolable. All agents of public power, all organizations, have an absolute obligation to respect and protect the human person ". This is the first article of the Constitution of the Central African Republic, recalled by the local Bishops in a communiqué in which they ask the authorities to stop the violence that has been afflicting the country since 2012.
The document, sent to Agenzia Fides, was published at the end of the extraordinary session of the Plenary Assembly of the Central African Episcopal Conference held on November 24th.
After denouncing the violence that have bloodied Bangui, Bambari, Batangafo and Alindao, the Bishops invited "political authorities, diplomatic corps, representatives of national and international institutions, the press and the population to the meeting scheduled for Monday 26th November at the archbishopric to restore the truth about the unacceptable and hateful crimes committed against the civilian population".
After the last massacres, in particular the one committed in Alindao on November 15 (see Fides 17/11/2018), where about fifty civilians lost their lives, the Bishops ask the faithful and men of good will "to refrain from celebrating December 1 as a sign of mourning. December 1 is a significant date for the country as it marks the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Republic after the French colonial rule ", while Sunday, December 2 they established for December 2 a "day of lamentation and prayer in memory of the victims in all the dioceses. The donations collected on this Sunday (the first of Advent, nda) will be destined for the survivors of these massacres". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 26/11/2018)