AFRICA - "We are never too poor to help": Africa helps the victims of Cyclone Idai

Tuesday, 2 April 2019 solidarity   natural disasters   humanitarian aid   charity  

Kara (Agenzia Fides) - "The Church of Africa has not remained silent. In addition to great moral and spiritual support, many dioceses in Africa have set up a special fundraiser to provide practical help to those affected by Cyclone Idai", says to Agenzia Fides Father Donald Zagore, a priest of the Society for African Missions in Togo. The situation in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi remains critical after the violent passage of Cyclone Idai. The death toll and the wounded continue to rise, the waters recede, houses and buildings have been destroyed, roads are blocked, and many areas are inaccessible. The risk of epidemics is also high: the government has declared cases of cholera in the city of Beira
"The work of solidarity is an action that reflects the fundamental identity of the Church of Africa that wants to be "Family of God". A family, in solidarity with the suffering of its brothers and sisters, offers a testimony of faith and charity above all in this period of Lent, an intense moment of charity and fraternity", notes the missionary.
"If at times in Africa, faced with the catastrophes afflicting the continent, eyes are generally turned towards European aid, today we must strive to create a mentality of prompt reaction and mobilization on our continent. Africans must first be able to rely on their brothers and sisters more than on anyone else. We are never too poor to help", continues Fr. Zagore.
"The spirit of solidarity has always distinguished the African continent. It transcends all cultural, ethnic and tribal divisions and helps anyone who knocks on the door of our charity. The value of "African solidarity" must be constantly nourished by concrete actions capable of resisting the threat of great cultural changes in our modern world, built on individualism and selfishness. Solidarity with our devastated brothers in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi is a priority commitment for all of Africa", he concludes. (DZ/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 2/4/2019)