AFRICA/GUINEA - The clergy: "We are concerned about the social and political crisis that leads young people to flee"

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 priests   migrants   politics   economy  

Conakry (Agenzia Fides) - "We are concerned about the illegal migration of our young people" and "the serious socio-political situation of our country", say the Catholic priests of the Republic of Guinea at the end of the ordinary assembly of the local clergy held from 22 to January 26 in N'zérékoré.
The escape of young people from the country and the serious social, economic and political conditions of Guinea are closely linked. In their message, sent to Fides, the priests say they are extremely worried about "the strong exodus of our boys and girls to the west in search of "well-being", however, without knowing "the risks they encounter during the crossing of the desert, in unfavorable conditions". "Thousands of young migrants lose their lives in the desert and in the Mediterranean - recall the Guinean priests - leaving emptiness and desolation in families". The message underlines that uncontrolled migration represents "an escape of valid people who could have served our nation with value".
The document strongly denounces Guinea's political crisis by stating that "our democracy is violated by regionalism, nepotism, ethnocentrism, favoritism, injustice and clanism". "The Guinean social fabric is shattered, the consequence of an egotist, regionalist and ethnocentric policy" continues the message.
The clergy therefore calls for full respect for the Constitution and the principle of alternation through free and transparent elections guaranteed by a fully independent National Electoral Commission. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 29/1/2020)