Asmara (Agenzia Fides) - "In this unscrupulous world where we want to build the walls of division, we want to eliminate all forms of division: only in this way we can build a nation characterized by unity and harmony", say the Bishops of Eritrea in a pastoral letter published on Sunday April 28, on the occasion of Eastern Easter of the Coptic Alexandrian Catholic rite.
Eritrea, independent from Ethiopia since 1993, still suffers from the consequences of the 1998-2000 war with Ethiopia; as the Bishops recall "over the years, because of war and other related factors, the living conditions of our people have reached critical levels. In different ways, our young people, mothers, children and families have become victims of exile and of destabilization. Since no serious remedy and no plans were put in place to heal this situation, the massive fleeing abroad continues".
The peace agreement signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea on 9 July 2018 has now rekindled hopes of overcoming this situation. The Bishops make an appeal to the Eritrean diaspora scattered around the world to help motherland to restore economy and start national reconciliation. "It is necessary to grow together as a people and as a Country, without leaving anyone behind" the Bishops underline, who invite us to raise our gaze towards God because "in this moment of severe trial for the Country there is a greater need than ever for His protection". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 30/4/2019)